What is the role of spirituality in your life? Do you pray? Is religion part of your identity or does it make you uncomfortable?
To answer these and other questions, Shoba Narayan approaches faith through perhaps its most primal and nourishing aspect: food. She partakes of sacred food in shrines across India– Puri’s bhog, Amritsar’s langar, Palani’s panchamritam, Mathura’s pedas, Ambalapuzha’s paal-payasam, Kashi’s sweets, Jaipur’s rabdi, Ajmer’s kesaria bhat, Madurai’s dosai, Jewish halva in Mumbai, and communal feasts in Udupi, Goa and the Kumbh Mela.
Sacred food is linked to the history, myth, and identity of specific shrines all over India. They are served to devotees who view it as a divine blessing. Food & Faith explores this powerful yet intimate connection.