A sweet conclusion: As Odisha gets GI tag for its own Rasgulla

The geographical indicator (GI) was given to Odisha on Monday for the 'Odisha rasgulla', over two years after West Bengal won its very own GI tag for the flavorful eastern sweet.


The Chennai-put together GI Registry with respect to Monday issued a formal affirmation for the 'Odisha rasgulla' on its site.


"This mouthwatering culinary delight made of cottage cheese, loved by Odias over the world, is offered to Lord Jagannath as a major part of bhog since hundreds of years," Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik twitted.


A GI is a particular sign/name used on an item its uniqueness, which can be utilized to separate merchandise based on its interesting attributes and topographical origin. A GI label helps in the marking and advertising of a nearby item and can pull in penalties whenever duplicated by anyone outside that geological district.

At the point when West Bengal got its GI tag for its assortment of rasgulla in November 2017, numerous individuals wrongly accepted that the GI Registry has perceived that the sweet started in West Bengal. A severe spat followed between the two states over the sweet delicacy, both via social media media and off it. The GI tag for a similar item to both the neighboring states currently perceives two unmistakable assortments in taste and texture.  


While Bengalis guarantee the sweet was imagined by Nobin Chandra Das (Birth: 1845) at his Bagbazar home in Kolkata, Odias refer to the convention going back to the twelfth century of the curds dumpling being offered at the Puri Jagannath Temple.

During the celebration of "Niladri Bije", Lord Jagannath offers rasgulla to his partner Goddess Laxmi on his arrival from a nine-day-long Rath Yatra. That day is presently set apart by Odias as Rasgulla Dibasa (Day) consistently.

However, there was minimal written proof accessible to help the claim by Odias, and the Odisha government conceded that a board of trustees set up for the reason had neglected to gather any proof. Be that as it may, an Odia social researcher, Asit Mohanty, at that point brought out obscure actualities about the sweet. Mohanty discovered notice of the word rasgulla in the fifteenth Century Odia Dandi Ramayan composed by the medieval writer Balaram Das. He additionally cited numerous other Odiya and Sanskrit writings to demonstrate that chhena, or curds, was known to Indians much before the Portuguese touched base in India. The spat over the GI tag may have finished in a draw among Odisha and West Bengal. But the confusion over its birthplace will still continue.


by Lokendra Sharma | Tue, Jul 30 - 01:04 PM

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