Wednesday 22 April 2020

Odisha Rasagola - Sweet Treat Of Odisha #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

This news did not get the deserving attention by many national newspapers and some media channels.
Even now there is misleading and fake news regarding Rasgulla- Misinformation About Rasagola Still Continues.
Thus, many are not aware of this GI tag of Odisha.

How can the facts come to light when there is propaganda or when they are suppressed?
The spelling of Odisha Rasagola has the spelling "Odisha" as the application was submitted in 2019.
However, "Orissa Ikat" and "Orissa Pattachitra" have the old spelling "Orissa" as they were registered before Orissa state's name change to Odisha.
You can read more here- Odisha Geographical Indications And Spellings
Using the correct spelling is important as it is linked to the identity of a product and also a place.
Glad that persistent advocacy has ensured the name and spelling usage as Odisha Rasagola.

Do note the spellings of Rasagola in Odisha Chief Minister, Sri Naveen Patnaik's BEFORE & AFTER GI TAG tweets shared above- "Odishara Rasagolla" to "Odisha Rasagola"!

Many books have the information that Rasagola originated in Odisha.
The book- "Sweet Treats around the World- An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture" has been published in the year 2014 in the USA. It mentions that Rasagolas originated in Odisha.
Note the year of publication- 2014.

The so-called "war" started between the states in 2015 - the year of the Nabakalebara Ratha Yatra when Odisha celebrated #RasagolaDibasa for the first time on Social Media.

Rasagola has link with the Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, for many centuries. It is offered as 'bhog' on Niladri Bije, the last day of the Ratha Yatra.

This book- "History On My Plate" by author Lily Swarn too states the same.

In January 2014, this author conducted a Quiz on Odisha in Twitter and on blog. People need to be made aware about Odisha's invaluable treasures like the Rasagola... 
If people don't know, it doesn't mean that it is not true.
Thereafter, this author has written a number of posts about Rasagola starting 2014.
You can read more posts about Rasagola here.

Here is a comment from a March 2015 post Kaleidoscopic Indian Culture where Rasagola along with culture is mentioned:
Note: Niladri Bije is on July 4th this year.
We will be celebrating the sixth Rasagola Dibasa on social media.

If the Covid-19 situation is under control by then, here is a request for the Odisha State Govt.: Please do facilitate celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of Odisha Rasagola GI tag on 29th July, 2020 at Puri.

Meanwhile, all are requested to join for the #GIQuiz and #KnowYourGI this World Intellectual Property Day.
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See you on 26 April 2020 on the social media handles of Odita Trust.
Test your knowledge and learn more about #OdishaGI and #GIsofIndia.

R For- Rasagola
Odisha Rasagola
I am writing A-Z posts about the Geographical Indications (GIs) of Odisha #OdishaGI.
GI is a distinctive certificate used to identify a product as originating from a particular region or locality that has specific qualities, reputation or other unique characteristics. GI products are linked with the culture, traditions, history etc. of a geographical location. 
Only when info is shared, people can learn and be aware.
This is my sincere attempt to share information about the GI Tags of Odisha.
You can check out my other GI posts here.
My previous #AToZChallenge posts here.
Let us all use GI products - the "invaluable treasures of incredible India", and encourage our artisans, weavers, and farmers.
Are you aware of the Geographical Indications of India? 
Did you know that Rasagolas originated in Odisha?
Please do share in the comments below.


  1. Finally!! Happy for 'Rasagola'. Kudos to you for all the efforts!!

  2. Got to know about the Rosagola controversy and that it originated in Odisha and that both Odisha and West Bengal got GI tags for it, through your blog. Kudos to you and the team for working to get GI Tags for Odisha!!

  3. Did not know about the origin of the sweet or the war between the two states. It's wonderful that Odisha got the GI tag. I'm drooling for a rosagola now!

  4. Thanks for your crusade to get the recognitions which rightfully belong to Odisha. As Odias it is our duty to educate others about the facts.

  5. Anyway even without the GI tag, rasagolla will remain sweet 😀

  6. Rosagola belongs to Odisha? I always thought it was a Bengali delicacy?

    That was such an eye-opening post. I had no clue about this controversy.



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