Not just that, the temple has an organized prasad system, wherein devotees put in tokens into a vending machine to collect their prasad boxes, made in the temple’s automated kitchen. The boxes are certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and even have a manufactured, expiry and best-before date! The brainchild of a herbal oncologist, K Sri Sridhar, the move has attracted both tourists and locals alike. In an interview with TOI, Sridhar said, “When we set up the temple we thought we should give Gods the food we relish. The idea was to show that anything that is nutritious and prepared in a clean kitchen with a clean mind can be served to God. It doesn’t have to be only traditional dishes.”
The temple also has a computerized record of its devotees and sends surprise birthday cakes to them with an ‘agar deepam’! The temple is located in Padappai, a suburb in Chennai. We are definitely visiting this temple!