MahaPrasad Offers Salvation

Mahaprasad  is the term applied to the 56 food items offered to Lord Jagannath in the holy Temple of Puri, located in Odisha, India.The “Prasad” offered to him and later to Maa Bimala in the Srimandir is known as ‘Mahaprasad’.Dried rice Mahaprasad known as “Nirmalya” is also used by devotees and tourists for different sacred occasions.

One of the traditional and Popular Delicacies of Orissa is the Mahaprasad (Avada)- the holy food served to Lord Jagannath as bhog. This is mostly available at the Anand Bazar near the Jagannath Temple.

56 sacred items of Jagannath Temple, Puri

01 Ukhuda – is a prepared food from rice mainly consumed in the region of Odisha, India.

02 Nadia kora – Needs coconut and sugar for making this.

03 Khua – Put the rice in a large dry frying pan or wok and set the pan over medium-low to low heat.

04 Dahi- Rinse a pot or handi well. Add milk and bring it to boil on a medium to low flame.

05 Pachila kadali

06 Kanika

07 Tata Khechudi

08 Mendha Mundia

09 Bada Kanti

10 Matha Puli

11 Hamsa Keli

12 Jhili

13 Enduri

14 Adapachedi

15 Saga Bhaja

16 Kadali Bhaja Cut into round slices, wash it and keep aside. Heat oil, add broken dry red chilli, add mustard seeds let it splutter. Add the raw banana slices, turmeric powder and salt to it and mix well.

17 San Pitha

18 Maric Ladu

19 Bara

20 Kadamba- Cook the rice slightly sticky.Pressure cook the toor dal and all the vegetables.

21 Arisha

22 Bundia

23 Pakhal- Cook normal rice, then cool it. Pour water in a bowl and add rice to it. In a pan, heat a pinch of oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chili and fry well. Add this chhunka or tadka into the pakhala bowl with sour curd.

24 Khiri

25 Pat Manohar

26 Tekuaa- Take crushed almonds and cashew nuts, mix with ghee and sweet soda.

27 Bhaga Pitha

28 Gotai

29 Dalma

30 Bada Kakara

31 Luni Khuruma

32 Amalu

33 Sugar Pitha 

34 Biri Buha

35 Dahi Nadia

36 Khasta Puri

37 Kadali Bara

38 Sana Arisha

39 Sakar

40 Podo Pitha – Mix the batters and add baking powder, coconut slices, ginger, salt according taste, sugar & cashew nuts. Mix all the ingredients properly and keep it covered for 2 hours for self-fermentation.

41 Kanji

42 Dahi Pakhal

43 Bada Arisha 

44 Tipuri

45 Sakara

46 Suji Khir

47 Muga Gathi To begin with Mooga Gathi, sprout the green gram by soaking them in water. …Pressure cook the sprouted green gram by adding 2 cups water. …

Grind the grated coconut, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilies, tamarind and peppercorns to a paste.

48 Manohar

49 Magaja Ladu

50 Pana

51 Anna

52 Ghia Anna Ghia Anna also called ‘Ghia rice’ is a dish popular in the Odhisa state of India.

53 Dali

54 Besar

55 Mahur

56 Saga


The Mahaprasad cooked on the premises of the temple at Ananda Bazar (abode of peace), deemed to be the biggest open-air eatery in the world, is consumed by thousands of devotees, who purchase and eat together irrespective of their caste, creed or status.