Prasāda (Sanskrit pronunciation: [prəsaːd̪a], Sanskrit: प्रसाद), variantly spelled as Prasadam, Prasad and

Prasada, is a material substance of food that is a religious offering in both Hinduism and Sikhism. It is normally consumed by worshippers after worship. It is derived from the same verb सद् (to sit, dwell)prefixed with प्र. (before, afore, in front) and used as finite verb प्रसीदति - dwells, presides, pleases or favours etc. (To preside and president from Latin praesidere thus have the same etymological derivation in Latin but with slightly different meaning).[1]

Prasadam offered on banana leaves after Puja ceremony at a home in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

'Prasada' literally means a gracious gift. It denotes anything, typically an edible food, that is first offered to a deity, saint, Perfect Master or an avatar, and then distributed in His or Her name to their followers or others as a good sign.[2]