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Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj

Samvat 2070, Chaitra Vad 9, Budhvar

Recipes for Prashad

Easy to follow recipes and instructions to make your own delicious thal.

The secret to any thal is based around purity, devotion and non-violence.

Guidelines to preparing delicious prashad:

  1. Cooking should only occur after ritually bathing oneself and after performing puja (prayers) every morning (Shikshapatri, Verse 31)
  2. No consumption and no usage of any animal product or animal-derived products (such as glycerin, binders, lecithin, coloring agents, etc.) in any form (Shikshapatri, Verse 15).
  3. No consumption and no usage of onion and garlic in any form (Shikshapatri, Verse 186).
  4. No consumption and no usage of asafoetida in production in any form (Satsangi Jivan).
  5. No consumption and no usage of alcohol in any form (Shikshapatri, Verse 18).
  6. Utensils have never been touched by meat or alcohol in any form (Shikshapatri, Verse 15).
  7. Using only garlelu water and milk for cooking (water and milk that has been purified). (Shikshapatri, Verse 30)
  8. Eating food products made by those people whose conduct and beliefs are known to you (either directly or indirectly) (Shikshapatri, Verse 31).
  9. Food must be offered to God prior to consumption in an offering known as Thal (Shikshapatri, Verse 60). This food now becomes known as prasadam and takes on a wholly spiritual component. Eating such food is an act of devotion in and of itself.

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