Panakam Prasadam for Goddess Durga- Blessings Manifold

Panakam Prasadam for Goddess Durga- Blessings Manifold in the form of offerings

Goddess Durga/Lalitha Parmeswari

Goddess Durga/Lalitha Parmeswari

Panakam, a sweet concoction of Jaggery, Cardamom, edible camphor and dry ginger powder mixed in water is a fine thirst drink. Apart from the calorific value, it is the best offering as prasadam for Goddess Durga during pooja and homa.

Goddess Durga, the embodiment of Mother of the Universe is pleased with several prasadam or offerings, notable are;

  • Rava Kesari – Dedicated to Swarna Kavacha Durga
  • Panakam  – Dedicated to Bala Tripura Sundari or Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari
  • Lemon Rice  – Dedicated to Gayathri
  • Udad Dal Vadai and Pongal   – Dedicated to Annapoorani
  • Sweet Pongal/Curd Rice   – Dedicated to Lalitha Tripura Sundari
  • Kheer/Puttu  – Dedicated to Maha Lakshmi
  • Wheat Payasam  – Dedicated to Maha Saraswati
  • Kadamba Sadam  – Dedicated to Durga
  • Puliyodara, Udad Dal Vadai, Panakam – Dedicated to Mahishasura Mardini
  • Ladoo  – Dedicated to Raja Rajeshwari
Offering the Panakam to the Goddess on Fridays and Tuesdays after Durga Mantrophchara is the best way to bring the positivity of the Mother into our lives.


How to Make Panakam/Panagham


  • Jaggery, lemon- a squeeze
  • powdered elaichi- a pinch,
  • Dry ginger powder/soonth powder,
  • Edible camphor/kapur,
  • Salt to taste and
  • Nutmeg powder/jaiphal powder
  1. Dissolve the jaggery in water, to this, squeeze lemon, add powdered elachi, dry ginger powder, edible camphor, salt and nutmeg powder.
  2. Filter it using a strainer, add the thulasi leaves if desired and you can also add the skin of the elachi without discarding it,as it adds more flavour.

Lemon diya for durga during Rahu kalam along with Mantra Chant

We find different kinds of rituals performed in temple premises, whenever we visit goddess temples/ambal kovil,  that too Shakti mata temple, compulsorily during the period of ‘Rahu’. Read more here… 

We need to light lamps on lemon (extract juice and fold inside out and place cotton wick on skin of lemon) along with kumkum, blouse piece, dhakshina (offering like money) and tambulam(beetle leaf along with banana and beetle-nut along with haldi-kumkum packet). Then after we respect other ladies assuming they are the forms of Goddess (Punya-stri) and offer tambulam. 

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