(Thrimadhuram Nivedhyam or Offering – can be more appropriate)
What is Thrimadhuram?
Thrimadhuram is a sweet delicacy made of fruits. It is prepared as a mixture of sugar, banana and dry grapes. A Nivedhyam or offering of Thrimadhuram is made to almost all deities in Kerala temples.
What is the significance of a Nivedhyam?
A Nivedhyam is an offering made to the deities. Even though the idols of the deities are made of stone or five-metals or any other material, they are not mere inert objects, but are considered as active matter imbibed with energies that can connect and resonate with human life forms. They have manifested in various forms on earth, thus making themselves available to influence and elevate the lives of those who are willing to connect with them. While offering delicacies like sweets and fruits is a good way of expressing our gratitude to the divine forms, there is a much higher and practical intelligence involved in this form of worship. Of the six tastes, only sweet is considered generally satwic. Satwa is a pure, light, clear, calming and harmonizing energy, that opens the mind and promotes wakefulness. Fruits themselves are natural sweets which are pleasant in taste and are nourishing for the body. Similarly, brown rice, nuts and seeds, milk, honey, raw sugar and jaggery are also satwic foods and when consumed in balance, provide better power of perception, as they nourish both the brain and the heart. Thus, these offerings come from the practical logic to encourage the use and consumption of satwic foods as a healthy, body and mind building mechanism. Such foods allow the mind to stay clear and focused. It can be easily observed that behind all the practices that are performed as remedies like Nivedhyam, there is a clear understanding of the mechanics of body-mind-consciousness and their relatedness. Understanding this underlying principle helps to appreciate and approach the remedies with better focus and reverence.
What are the benefits of making Thrimadhuram Nivedhyam?
Thrimadhuram Nivedhyam to the Gods is a gift for those suffering from a variety of ailments. This worship provides a much faster relief for anemia, and from diseases that arise due to ushna or incraesed body heat, like ulcers in the mouth and stomach.