On the occasion of Ramanavami festival which is celebrated as birth of Lord Rama in India, a special traditional drink called Panaka is prepared. Temples and community groups get ready with huge vessels to prepare Panaka, Neer majjige(Buttermilk) or Kosambari (Cucumber lentil salad) on the festival day to offer as Naivedya or Prasad(offering) to Lord Rama. I remember when I was a kid, we would visit temples and enjoy these special traditional drinks and salad!
This festival falls in summer and these drinks and salad gives cooling effect by helping to beat the summer heat! Panaka is prepared with different fruits, but the main festival one is prepared with Muskmelon.
Enjoy this refreshing drink!