Rasgulla Controversy Has find Its Path To Centre

Bhubaneswar, September 19: The fight over the origin of the iconic Rasgulla,which was the identification of West Bengal, since last 150 years is becoming bitter day by day as both Odisha and West Bengal are claiming the origin of Rasgulla from their place.

Meanwhile, to resolve the fix three committes are to be established on Monday which will submit their reports within 7 days after which Odisha will claim Rasgulla to be originated here to the centre.

The first two committes will search over the facts and the other one will research upon the claim of West Bengal.

The debate gained momentum at the time of the closing of the festival, Nabakalebara (soul transformation of the holy trinity) Rath Yatra in Puri, with Surya Narayan Rath Sharma - a researcher associated with Jagannath Temple - claiming that the rasgulla originated in Puri and is offered to gods every year. 

Laxmidhar Pujapanda, PRO of the temple, says: "Rasgulla has been part of Rath Yatra rituals ever since the Jagannath temple came into existence in the 12th century." 

According to legend, Lord Jagannath on Niladri Bijay offered rasgullas to appease his consort Laxmi, who was upset after went on the nine-day Rath Yatra without her consent and locked the Jai Vijay Dwar, a gates of the temple. 

This week, more than 15 quintals of rasgulla were offered to Laxmi as part of Niladri Bijay, a ceremony that marks the end of the chariot festival. 

Contrary to this,Animikh Roy, along with historian Haripada Bhowmik, has prepared a report and sent to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee which states "Lord Jagannath can never be associated to chhana-based (cottage cheese) offerings... Historically speaking, the origin of the word 'chhana' comes from the Sanskrit word 'chinna' which means a torn, broken and fragmented milk product, clearly an indication of spoilt milk. Hence it was considered a blasphemy to offer sweets or anything made of 'chhana' to gods." 

It added that rasgulla is not even mentioned in the Chhappan Bhog of Jagannath temple. 

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