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Odisha’s Rasagola – GI Tag

  • Odisha gets GI tag for its version of Rasagola
  • The name of the geographical indication will be read as “Odisha Rasagola“.
  • West Bengal got GI tag for its ‘Banglara Rasagola’ which has been existing since 1863.
  • Now both Odisha and West Bengal has GI Tag for their own version of Rasagola.
  • The mention of the word ‘rasagola’ was found in the 15th Century Odia Dandi Ramayan written by the medieval poet ‘Balaram Das’.
  • It is made with chhena (cottage cheese) cooked in sugar syrup, which is very soft, juicy and non‐chewy and can be swallowed without teeth pressure.
  • In its ‘Ajodhya Kanda’, there is an elaborate descriptions of chhena and chhena‐based products including rasagola.
  • Odisha is celebrating the ‘Rasagola Dibasa’ every year on the day of  ‘Niladri Bije’ (Return of Lord Jagannath from Rath Yatra into the temple).
  • The deities are offered Rasagola by servitors before entering the temple.

GI  Tag

  • A Geographical Indicator tag for a particular product, is a ‘legal right’, recognises it as distinctive to a particular locality or region or country.
  • As a member of the WTO, India had enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, which came into force from 2003.
  • The tag conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness of the product.
February 2024