Cow milk, yogurt, honey, liquid jaggery, and ghee are mixed together. However, there may be certain regional variations in ingredients. Most south Indians add ripe banana as well. Panchamrita is an Ayurvedic preparation but has been manipulated in several places to cut costs and increase keeping value. Until 1890, bananas were not used.
" पयोदधिघृतं चैव मधु च शर्करायुतं। पंचामृतं मयानीतं स्नानार्थं प्रतिगृह्यताम।। "
Some people use sugar instead of jaggery, which is not accepted by all, as sugar is not a natural element like jaggery and sugar is refined with bone charcoal which makes it inappropriate to use for pooja.
In Palani Murugan temple, Tamil Nadu, Panchamrita is used in abisheka and distributed as prasad. This panchamirtam consist of banana, sugar, ghee, honey, seedless dates, cardamom and sugar candy. The banana used is the Virupatchi variety, which grows only in the Palani hills and has very low water content.
- It is used as an offering during poojas.
- It is used as a libation during Abhisheka.
- It is also used as a skin cleanser.
- It was introduced into the practice of African American hoodoo folk-magic by the occult writer Henri Gamache during the 1940s.
- For definition of पञ्चामृत (IAST: pañcāmṛta ) as "the collection of five sweet things used in worshipping deities" see: Apte 1965, p. 578,
- Karigoudar, Ishwaran (1977). A populistic community and modernization in India. Books.google.com. ISBN 9004047905. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- "Palani temple to double panchamirtham production". Economic Times. Palani, India. 6 October 2009.
- Nair, K.K. (2007-03-26). Sages Through Ages, Proof of divinity given. Books.google.com. ISBN 9781418446895. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- Millett, Deacon (2013). Hoodoo Honey and Sugar Spells: Sweet Love Magic in the Conjure Tradition. Lucky Mojo Curio Co. ISBN 978-0-9719612-4-1.
- Apte, Vaman Shivram (1965), The Practical Sanskrit Dictionary (Fourth revised and enlarged ed.), Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, ISBN 81-208-0567-4
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