Krishna Cooking

When pure vegetarian food is offered to Krishna, it is called prasadam. When asked what the importance of prasadam is, Srila Prabhupada called it “Krishna’s special favour”. It’s said that even without knowing it, simply eating prasadam will give people a chance to awaken their Krishna consciousness.

Prasadam is meant to be eaten and to be distributed. Prasadam means mercy, and this mercy is to be given out to as many people as possible, in as many different ways as possible. Whether it is cooking and offering at home and inviting people to come and eat, serving prasadam in a restaurant, selling prasadam in a shop or café, or taking to the streets and distributing prasadam freely to anyone in need of a warm meal. There is no limit to how it can be distributed, it just has to be made with devotion using vegetarian ingredients and offered to Krishna for His pleasure.

Preparing karma-free vegetarian food is a devotional focal point in bhakti-yoga. By preparing pure, natural vegetarian dishes and then offering them to God in a spirit of devotion, we turn a daily necessity into an enlightening experience. ‘Offered’ food, called prasadam, is considered ‘the mercy of the Lord’ and it nourishes the body and transforms the consciousness.

I feel happy when I serve Krishna and the devotees”

Sarva-Dumadhuri dasi became part of the ISKCON community in Mayapur, West Bengal, after her uncle encouraged the rest of the family.

Many of her earliest services included cooking prasad for sannyasis and other senior devotees at her uncle’s house.

Upon completing her college studies, she took the opportunity to move to Bhaktivedanta Manor, where she was delegated to serve in the main kitchen. After learning to cook for many people at a time, she now operates as the Kitchen Manager.

“I feel happy when I serve Krishna and the devotees,” she explains. “Cooking and eating is an essential part of everybody’s life, everyday and always.

“Therefore it is a very important service and all devotees naturally appreciate it. That feels good. Senior devotees have explained that cooking and serving prasad makes you very close to Krishna because you are offering to Him and then serving the devotees. This serving of devotees is what Krishna and Radharani like very much.

“Cooking prasad is a form of preaching and you are helping people in their spiritual lives because it is purifying and it’s Krishna’s mercy”.

Prasadam Seva (Sponsoring Prasadam)

Honour departed loved ones, or celebrate special occasions by sponsoring prasadam and feeding the devotees. One of the most important and pleasing forms of giving is annadan, the sharing of food with others. It is part of one’s duty (dharma) to offer food to others. To feed devotees prasadam is an auspicious activity and one gets immeasurable spiritual benefit by feeding others. Please contact seva@krishnatemple.com if you wish to sponsor Prasadam.

Cookbooks

To find cookbooks and prasadam recipes, then please visit Books > Cookbooks – krishnashopping.com

Offering your food

To find information on what it means to offer your food and how to offer it, then please visit Offering food to Krishna | Krishna.com

Join us for a meal (Prasadam)

Every day free Prasadam is served at Bhaktivedanta Manor, please feel free to join us for a meal.

Serving Times

Mon-Fri
Breakfast: 8:30am-9:30am
Lunch: 1:15pm-2:15pm
Evening: N/A

Sat
Breakfast: 9am-10am
Lunch: N/A
Evening: N/A

Sun
Breakfast: 9am-10am
Lunch: 1pm-2:30pm
Evening: 5:30pm-8pm

Get Involved

If you’re interested in volunteering in the Manor Kitchen, or wish to discover other prasadam distribution opportunities then please contact: volunteer@krishnatemple.com

 

Published onThursday, April 28th, 2022

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