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With Rasagola Dibasa all set for few days, Odisha panel submits proof of its origin to Govt

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The state government on Wednesday started examining a 150-page report submitted by a researcher providing documentary evidences showing that rasgulla originated in Odisha.

The report cited ‘Dandi Ramayan’, an Odia adaptation of Valmiki Ramayan, written in the 15th century for the purpose. The report also provided evidences of the existence of rasagola in the state much before it appeared in West Bengal.

“We had appealed to researchers to share documents with evidence of origin of rasgulla in Odisha. With the report in hand we are hopeful of getting the GI tag for the age-old sweet,” said science and technology minister Pradeep Panigrahy.

The state government had formed a technical committee in September last year to collect evidences on the origin of rasgulla in Odisha after both Odisha and West Bengal braced up for acquiring Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the sweetmeat. GI tag is like a brand name granted to a product because of its geographical uniqueness.

An edition of Dandi Ramayan in which rasgulla has been mentioned is there in Kedarnath Gabeshana Pratisthan in the city. Even the ‘Madala Panji’, a chronicle of the Jagannath temple, mentions it. Rasgulla has been mentioned in Odia literature before 1893 while there is no mention of such sweet in any Bengali literature before 1896. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who submitted the report.