Palani panchamirtham has been granted GI Tag. It
is served as prasadam at the Murugan temple, Palani, Dindigul district, Tamil
The panchamirtham is a combination of five
natural substances — banana, jaggery, cow ghee, honey and cardamom. Dates and
diamond sugar candies are added for flavour. It is served in a semi-solid
Not even a single drop of water is added during
the preparation of the panchamirtham. No preservatives or artificial
ingredients are used.
Geographical Indications (GI) is an intellectual
property right (IPR). GI is a status accorded to a good which is unique to a
particular region or area, and is originated from there.
In India, the Geographical Indications of Goods
(Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, along with the Geographical Indications
of Goods (Registration and Protection) Rules, 2002 govern GI registrations and
goods. These laws were introduced after the ratification of the Agreement on
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
Good in the categories of a) Agricultural
products (e.g. Nagpur Orange), b) foodstuffs (e.g. Joynagar Moa), c)
handicrafts (e.g. Agates of Cambay), d) textile (e.g. Kullu Shawl), e) natural
products (e.g. Makrana Marble) and f) manufactured products (e.g. Kannauj
Perfume) come under the ambit of GI Tags. Darjeeling Tea is the first good to
receive a GI Tag in India.
The ‘Controller-General of Patents, Designs and
Trade Marks’ appointed under the Trade Marks Act, 1999 is the Registrar of
Geographical Indications. It directs and supervises the functioning of the
Geographical Indications Registry (GIR). GIR facilitates the registration of