The first image which would come to the your mind when hear the word prasad would be either of laddoos, payasam, pongal, barfis, etc. For a change imagine burgers and yummy brownies as prasad. Well this would attract more number foodies to the temple.
To begin with, head to the Jaya Durga Peetha which is located in the suburbs of Chennai and you would be delighted to find brownies, burgers, cherry tomato salads and cracker sandwiches as prasad instead of the traditional sweets.
This unique concept of offering makes the temple a sought after tourist attraction and has also taken the locals by a frenzy. A herbal oncologist, named K. Sridhar is the brain child behind this unique kind of offering. His main ideology was anything which is nutritious and prepared in a clean kitchen with a devote mind can be offered to God and it is not necessary that only traditional dishes are to be offered.
The fast food kitchen at the temple is also certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India which makes it one of the first temples in Tamil Nadu with this certificate. The products made here come with an expiry date just like any other packed food we buy. Visitors have to follow a token system here to get their hands on the goodie boxes. Once you insert the token into the vending machine the prasad comes out.
The practice has grabbed the attention of many youngsters who now flock this temple to get their hands on the prasad. After seeing the success rate of this practice, the temple authorities have begun to offer birthday cakes as prasad. The authorities deliver the cakes to the respective devotees on their birthdays.
The Jaya Durga Peetham, is not the only temple in the country which offers a different kind of prasad. Many ISKCON Temple chains offer a different kind of prasad too. The only difference is that it is usually the public who buy these as offerings which in turn are given away as prasad.
How To Reach?
By Air: The Chennai International airport is the nearest major airport which is located at a distance of 22 km from Padappai, where the temple is located.
By Train: Chennai Central is the nearest rail head, which is located at a distance of 44 km from Padappai. The station is well connected to all major towns and cities across the state and also to a number of them outside the state.
By Road: One of the best ways to the reach would be by private transport. As the place is still on the way to popularity, one needs to ask the local people for guidance once in the town of Padappai.