Monday, 6 July 2015

Sweet Yatra

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He went to His aunt's place with His siblings, like He did each year at that time of the year.

His wife was angry that He did not take Her with Him.

She followed His path and damaged His chariot and returned to their home..

After enjoying His Yatra (journey/travel/trip) with His siblings, He returned home.

His wife let His elder brother and sister enter the gate, but did not let Him enter.

She was raspy and said- NO!

The situation was somber.

He tried reasoning with Her and answered Her queries.
(Obedient husband indeed!)

Next, to placate Her, He offered Her some delicious sweets named Rasagolas.
Rasagola-Birthplace is Odisha, India
Rasagola- A sweet/dessert that originated in Odisha, India
Understanding was established between husband and wife and finally He earned Her permission for His "sweet" entry to their home!

His wife said a sweet YES!

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Note-The above refers to just two of the innumerable Vantage Points of Lord Jagannath of Puri, Odisha, India. 
More info HERE.                                                           . 
Rath Yatra is the annual car-festival of Lord Jagannath & His siblings. Lord Jagannath loves to go on His Rath Yatra outing. In this special year of the Nabakalebara, Rath Yatra will be celebrated on July 18th 2015.
Some more info about Rath Yatra here.

Niladri Bije is the concluding day of the Rath Yatra when the Lords return to their abode. This year it will be celebrated on July 30th.  
Yes, Lord Jagannath has been feeding Rasagolas for many centuries to appease His wife- Goddess Maa Lakshmi!
Lesson for us- if you love someone, offer them something that they love!
Did you know that Odisha is the birthplace of the Rasagola?

This July 30th, do join in to celebrate the first #RasagolaDibasa, a day to celebrate with Rasagolas, along with the Gods!



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46 comments:

  1. What a lovely and creative way to write about this special yatra of the Lord! Enjoyed it very much.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Beloo! Thanks for your nice words :)

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  2. That's some SWEET talking!

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Roger, you must taste Rasagolas :) Ready to eat & sweet talk!

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  3. I had no idea about the festival or the legend behind it :) Interesting.

    My #3WW

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    1. Glad that now you know, Vinay!
      Our India is such a vast country with a rich culture & such incredible festivals like the Rath Yatra.
      Sadly, many aren't aware of them. Also, many don't know the reality viz. the popular sweet Rasagola's birthplace is Odisha.

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  4. Is there a custom of offering rosagollas after the yatra as prasad?
    Really creative to link the subject! and I specially liked the capital 'He'!

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    1. Indeed. It's a centuries-old custom.
      On the concluding day of the Rath Yara i.e. on Niladri Bije, Lord Jagannath offers Rasagolas to placate MaaLakshmi & to gain entry inside the Temple premises.
      Thanks for your appreciation :)
      The capital 'He' refers to the Lord of the Universe- Shri Jagannath.
      Do note the capitalization of 'She' - for MaaLakshmi, His wife. She is more powerful! :)

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  5. Really Interesting.
    Rosagulla is my all time favourite. My nani lived in sambalpur, we used to relish rosagulla during our summer vacation their.
    That taste is hard to find any where even in Delhi.

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    1. Truly Swati. I love Rasagolas too.
      The taste of Odisha Rasagolas is unmatched! Every region in Odisha has its own special Rasagolas that taste great :)

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  6. well... reading this post is also a "sweet yatra"... sweet post... :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words :)

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  7. that post is not only nice but informative

    My Take On The Prompt Thief

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation. Glad you liked it :)

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  8. Wonderful post. Loved 'He','She'. :) Odisha where d softest,most delicious rasagolas r found-Salepur,Pahala,close to Berhampur- list is endless. Sizes r different & these yum warm sweets just melt in d mouth... :)

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    1. He & She as they are our Gods.
      The world is yet to discover, taste & experience the authentic & original Rasagolas hailing from Odisha- the birthplace of Rasagolas!

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  9. That's an amazing story, Anita and love the end how exquisite taste and culture can bring hearts closer:)

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation, Vishal.
      Lord Jagannath & Maa Laxmi get the credit as they have many such interesting tales.
      Rasagolas win over the Goddess & ordinary mortals too & indeed bring hearts closer :)

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  10. Very sweet information. Dint know the story of Rosogullas before. Interesting and informative. Btw next month im visiting to Puri. Cud u suggest me some good and best Sweets shop of Puri where i can relish Rosogullas? Thanx!

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    1. Happy that I was able to share about the Rasagola ritual in Puri Temple, Odisha.
      Great that you'll be visiting.
      I checked with my Uncle & he suggests:
      Senapati Sweets on Bada Sankha Chhak & stalls near Jagannath Temple in Puri
      Apart from Rasagolas, You can also get to savor a lot many sweets like Rabidi, Chhena Poda, Gaja, Magaji Ladoo etc
      Also try the Rasagolas at Chandanpur - a place near Puri.

      Do plan to visit Bhubaneswar. Many renowned shops here. You can also visit places like Pahala & Salepur.
      We should start Rasagola Tours in Odisha that take Rasagola-lover-tourists to all the famous Rasagola places in Odisha! Too many!!!

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  11. Super creative way to showcase the Yatra Anita. Loved the read :)

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    1. Glad you liked, Maitreni :)
      Niladri Bije is the last day of the Rath Yatra.

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  12. A wonderful and creative creation..... Thanks for the share and best of luck...............

    Natureram

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    1. Thanks for your maiden visit & comment here :)

      I just presented Lord Jagannath Temple's ritual. Thanks for your wishes.
      Jai Jagannath!

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  13. What a sweet way to showcase the Rath Yatra. I have to see it at least once.

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    1. Glad it appealed to you, Somali :)
      You are most welcome to visit Odisha for the world-famous Rath Yatra. It's a grand experience.

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  14. Happy roshogolla divas! A new concept!
    Loved reading the sweet story!

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    1. Happy Rasagola Dibasa to you as well, Indrani!
      Let us all celebrate with Rasagolas & spread the sweetness!
      Thanks for your nice words :)

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  15. Sweet story with an interesting and creative concept.Great talent Anita ji.

    Cheers,

    Sriram & Krithiga

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    1. Thanks for your kind words :)
      Lord Jaganath gets the story credit as it's His true story.
      Jai Jagannath!

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  16. Your's piece of writing is as sweet as Rasagollas.:)

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    1. Thank you so much :)
      Do celebrate #RasagolaDibasa on July 30 :)

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  17. That was really a very interesting and creative way of narrating the story behind Lord Jagannathji's yatra, Anita - I LOVED it!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words, Arti!
      I know you LOVE all such related to Yatra & divinity :)

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    1. Glad you found it informative :)

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  19. Quite interesting and informative post :)

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation, Deeshani :)

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  20. That is really a lovely way to narrate the story..I'm visiting Puri next month...for the nth number of times... :-D

    How are you doing, Anita?..after a long time I'm seeing a post from you... :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Mani!
      Great to know that you'll be visiting Puri :)

      Great as usual! Had to share this sweet Puri Temple Rath Yatra 'Niladri Bije' ritual of Rasagolas :)

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  21. Interesting... very sweet story. Happy Rasogolla Diwas ( in advance :), Anita!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Happy Rasagola Dibasa to you too, Bushra :)

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  22. Is the story true for both yatra and rasogullas? And are you taking part in yatra?

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    1. Yes, Saru.
      100% true story very much in practice every year on the last day of the Rath Yatra.
      Sadly, many don't know about this centuries-old ritual where Lord Jagannath offers Rasagolas to His wife- Maa Laxmi.
      You can view the Niladri Bije ritual LIVE in an Odia TV-News-channel on July 30 evening this year.

      I feel blessed as I took part in the Bahuda Yatra on July 26 this year. Experienced the great energy while the Raths were being pulled.
      You must visit Odisha.

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