‘Panchamirtham’ of Palani Temple gets Geographical Indication tag
2019-08-14 | Team PendulumEdu
The Panchamirtham of Palani Murugan Temple, given as Prasadam to the devotees at the Murugan Temple, has been accorded the GI tag. Panchamirtham of Palani Temple is the first Prasadam from Tamil Nadu that has been granted the GI tag.
The Panchamirtham is a semi-solid food that tastes sweet and contains five major ingredients- Banana, Jaggery, honey, cardamom, and cow ghee. It also contains dates and diamond sugar candies that enhances its flavor. No water or preservatives are added to the Prasadam while preparing it. This Prasadam is an ‘abhisheka Prasadam,’ i.e., it is a religious offering. It is one of the main offerings in Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple (one of the six abodes of Murugan) which is located on Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu. The Panchamirtham as Prasadam is believed to have a cure for various diseases of the devotees.
The application for obtaining GI tag was filed by Joint Commissioner, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Thirukkoil, North Giriveethi, Adivaram, Palani. In the application, it has been mentioned that the Panchamirtham is prepared under the standards given by the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore. Also, the preparation process is fully automated to maintain hygiene.
With Panchamirtham getting the GI tag, the total number of GI tagged products in the state becomes 29. Some of the GI tagged products of Tamil Nadu are- Madurai Jasmine, Nilgiris Tea, Thanjavur Art Plate, Temple Jwellery of Nagercoil, Madurai Malli, Chettinad Kottan, etc.
A GI tag or Geographical Indication tag is given for the products that originate in a specific geographical location. The tag ensures the quality and essential attributes of a good produced in a specific place. In India, the GI tag is provided under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. The first product in India to get the GI tag is Darjeeling Tea. Recently, Odisha Rasagola also obtained the GI tag.