We know you’re probably thinking there’s nothing better than what your mom cooks, but trust us, once you eat food at any of these temples, you won’t be able to forget the humble yet scrumptious meal for weeks on end! The taste of the very simple yet rich food will linger for long enough for you to want to visit the temple sooner than you’d imagined! People offer a lot of sweets, coconuts, milk, jaggery, honey and various types of oils, depending on what the deity of a specific temple is believed to love. However, after all that we, as devotees offer to the Gods, a lot of temples around the country have priests or volunteers who worked for long hours only to use a lot of these ingredients into prasadams that can be given back to anyone who’s hungry. In certain parts of south India, the tradition of serving devotees started, as temples were located in dense forests, perched on hills or far enough to cross a river or two. And every devotee who’d actually be able to complete the excruciating and exhausting journey to the temple was looked after by the temple priests to make their trip back home easier. In the course of time, these community food services. Here are five temples across India where the meals served will make you want to stay there forever! Also Read - When Maxi Ran Out Dhoni, We Knew It Was Our Game: James Faulkner Remembers 2015 World Cup Semifinal Against India
1. Annapoorneshwari Temple, Chikmagalur
Photograph courtesy: Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple
Located in Karnataka, the Annapoorneshwari Temple is dedicated to the Annapoorneshwari, who is said to provide food for all. Every day, the temple serves thousands of people from all walks of life. The 400-year old temple is situated on the banks of the Bhadra river in a remote corner of Chikmagalur. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Purpose of Lockdown': Nitish Kumar on UP Govt's Strategy of Arranging Buses For Migrant Workers
2. Dharmasthala, Mangalore
Photograph courtesy: Dharmasthala
This is one the most unique temples in south India. Located near the Nethravathi river that runs through Dakshin Kanada, two of the presiding deities of the temple are Shiva in the form of Manjunatha and Gomanteshwara, a Jain Tirthankara, along with the Dharma Daivas. Though administered by Jains, every puja is conducted by Hindu priests. The food served here is a simple meal that will leave you wanting for more. Over 10,000 devotees are served here on daily basis. Also Read - Brad Hogg Names Top 3 Powerplay Batsmen in IPL; No Place For Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
3. Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Golden Temple is one of the most stunning temples there are. Not only do Sikhs believe in service, but they believe in service of all. People belonging to any religious and cultural background are allowed to be a part of the langar. The temple encourages a lot of volunteer work, providing people with some place to stay in exchange of their service.
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4. Hemis Monastery, Hemis
The Hemis monastery is one of the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Not only do they have provisions for travelers to stay in the monastery dormitories, they also offer every traveler a cup of local butter tea. If you wish to stay longer for the meal, you’re in for once in a lifetime experience of how food is made and served in monasteries.
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5. ISKCON Temple, Mumbai
Photograph courtesy: ISKCON Temple
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Not only is it the ISKCON temple in Mumbai, but every single one around the world serves food, not only lunch but also dinner that sums up an extremely fulfilling experience. Every day, the bhojanalaya opens for devotees after the maha aarti is completed.
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