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  • After ‘Kandhamal Haldi’ and ‘Odisha Rasagola’ was accorded GI tag, the demand for similar recognition for ‘Kendrapra Rasabali is gaining ground in the state.
  • Rasabali is a sweet delicacy of fried flattened brown cheese cake soaked in thick and sweet milk. Its origin is traced to the 400-year-old Baldevjew temple here.

  • A large number of people in the district earn their livelihood by selling the delicacy and feel that the Geographical Indication (GI) tag will lend a distinct identity to it, according to a TNIE report.

About Kendrapara Rasabali

  • It is a traditional sweet of Odisha that is prepared using chhena i.e. cottage-cheese and thickened sweetened milk.
  • This sweet is being offered everyday for the past several centuries at the Baladevjew Temple at Kendapara district of Odisha.
  • It is one of the Chapana bhoga of Jagannath temple.
  • Researchers say that the tradition of offering ‘Rasabali’ as ‘bhoog’ to lord Baldevjew was started during the time of Maharaja Anang Bhima Deba and the practice still continues.
  • Chandi Purana, Dandi Ramayan and Gangabanshanucharita mention about the sweet and its association with kendrapara. They claim that kendrapara is the sweet’s place of origin.

Baladevjew Temple

  • This temple is situated in Ichhapur (Tulasi Khetra), Kendrapara, Odisha.
  • Baladevjew Temple is a very famous temple of Odisha and Balarama is its main divinity.
  • However, Jagannath and Subhadra are also worshipped in the Ratna Sinhasan in the main temple.
  • An idol representing tulasi as a goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps.

  • The present shrine of Siddha Baladeva Jew was constructed during the Maratha rule in Orissa (1761 AD) of Ichhapur (Kendrapara).
  • It was constructed by the king of Kujanga, Raja Gopal Sandha and Zamidar (land lord) of Chhedara killah, Srinivas Narendra Mahapatra.
  • One saint (Santha) Gopi Das and Sairatak Giri convinced the then Maratha Chief Janoji and constructed the Jagamohan, Bhoga Mandapa of the main temple, temple of Gundicha and compound wall
  • It is believed that Khan-I-Duran, the subedar of Odisha during the Moghul Emperor Aurangeb demolished the temple in 1661 and built a mosque on the remains of the temple.
  • Devotees of Lord Baladev Jeu, took the deity in disguise in a boat through the river Govari and kept the deity in a secret place near Baranga (Chhedara) Jungle.
  • Afterwards it was shifted to Balarampur village near Luna river at Sakhi Bata. Later it was transferred to the present day Icchapur temple.

  • Puri is famous for the world famous Jagannath Temple & Longest Golden Beach. It is one of the Dhamas (Holiest of the holy place) out of four Dhamas i.e. Puri, Dwarika, Badrinath & Rameswar, in India.
  • Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra are being worshipped in Puri (The Purusottama Kshetra). The deities are seated on the Bejeweled Pedestal (Ratna Simhassana).
  • Shree Jagannath Puri Temple is one of the most impressing monuments of the Indian State Odisha, was constructed by a famous king of Ganga Dynasty Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva dating back to 12th century at the seashore
  • The main temple of Jagannath is an impressing and amazing structure constructed in Kalinga architecture, with a height of 65 meters placed on an elevated platform.
  • There are so many festivals of Sri Jagannath during the year observed in Puri which are Snana Yatra, Netrotsava, Ratha Yatra (car festival), Sayan Ekadasi, Chitalagi Amabasya, Srikrushna Janma, Dussehra etc.
  • The most important festival is the World famous Rath Yatra (Car Festival) & Bahuda Yatra. A large crowd is gathered to witness Lord Jagannath durig this festival.

What is GI Tag?

  • A geographical indication (GI) tag is applied to an agricultural, natural, or manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial items) that originates from a certain geographic area.
  • Typically, a name like this offers a sense of quality and uniqueness, which is largely due to its place of origin.

History Of GI in India

  • TRIPS – 1994 by WTO
  • India – A signatory of TRIPS in 1994
  • India enacted The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 [GI act]
  • Came into force with effect from 15 September 2003

Geographical Indication (GI) Tags of ODISHA

  • Kotpad Handloom Fabric (Handicraft)
  • Orissa Ikat (Handicraft)
  • Konark Stone Carving (Handicraft)
  • Orissa Pattachitra (Handicraft)
  • Pipli Applique Work (Handicraft)
  • Khandua Saree and Fabrics (Handicraft)
  • Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics (Handicraft)
  • Ganjam Kewda Rooh (Manufactured)

  • Ganjam Kewda Flower (Agricultural)
  • Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics (Handicraft)
  • Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics (Handicraft)
  • Bomkai Saree & Fabrics (Handicraft)
  • Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics (Handicraft)
  • Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree & Joda (Handicraft)
  • Orissa Pattachitra (Logo) (Handicraft) 
  • Araku Valley Arabica Coffee (Agricultural)
  • Kandhamal Haladi (Agricultural)
  • Odisha Rasagola (Food Stuff)

Q) Who was the last independent ruler of Odisha?

  1. Mukundadeva
  2. Prataparudra
  3. Kapilendra
  4. Prataparudra




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