Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, also known as ‘Meenakshi Sundareshwarar’ temple, located in the heart of Madurai city, is gearing up to offer ‘laddu prasad’ at free of cost to devotees from Friday (November 8).
With great expectations, devotees were eagerly waiting to access the temple. Now, the ‘Therkku Aadi Veethi’, a portion inside the temple, is abuzz with preparation activities to offer ‘sweet laddu’ to each and every devotee. With the aid of machine, ‘laddu’ was being prepared for the devotees. The machine, bought from a place near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, was designed to prepare about 2,500 to 3,000 laddus with all delicious ingredients required, on average an hour, sources said on Thursday.
A laddu weighs about 30 to 35 grams. After offering prayers, the devotees would be given ‘laddu prasad’ at exit point near ‘Amman Sannithi’. ‘It requires 15 kg of groundnut flour, 35 kg of sugar, two containers (tins) of ghee, a tin of refined oil, one kg of cashews and 200 grams of cardamom to prepare a total of 2,500 laddus,” sources said.
With existing ‘prasad stalls’ at various places including ‘Amman Sannithi’ and ‘Swami Sannithi’ inside the temple, variety of items such as laddu, sweet pongal, ‘puliyogara’, ‘appam’, ‘vadai’, ‘murukku’ and ‘puttu’ were offered at various prices.
Already, the distribution of laddu to devotees was planned to commence on the festival occasion of Deepavali on October 27. But for some reasons, it got delayed, the sources said. The temple would remain open from 5.30 am on all days.