Madurai, Nov. 8:
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy today launched the distribution of free laddus to devotees at Meenakshi Amman temple through video conferencing from the chief secretariat. After this, the temple authorities started distributing free laddus to devotees. With its first-ever commitment by this historic temple, it would be a special red letter day in the temple’s history.
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.