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West Bengal, Odisha fight over 'Rasgulla' origin


West Bengal, Odisha fight over 'Rasgulla' origin

Kolkata /Bhubaneswar, Sept 08 (ANI): Rasgulla or Roshogolla, as commonly pronounced in Bengal, is waiting for its fate to be decided after West Bangal and Orisha raked up a fight over the sweet belonging originally to their respective states. West Bengal government has asked the central government for a Geographical Indicator (GI) to establish the origin of the sweet as its own.

The state's Women and Child Welfare Minister, Shashi Panja, said a sweet-maker in Odisha called Bikalananda Kar claimed his 1956 shop was the first to sell the sweet, but the Rosogulla was invented much before that. Bengalis say the sweet was invented by confectioner and entrepreneur Nobin Chandra Das in Kolkata in 1868, also the year of the first shop selling rosogullas.

But almost 150 years to the documented invention of the sweet, Odisha says its origins are found in Hindu mythology. In fact, they attribute it to Lord Jagannath, a regional form of Lord Vishnu, worshipped in parts of eastern India.

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