Rasagolla, which originated in Odisha, has been offered at Jagannath Temple in Puri as part of religious rituals since 12th century by Odias, read the statement, which was in reaction to a recent announcement by neighbouring State West Bengal that it has won the GI tag for the sweet.
West Bengal's chief minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the decision saying in a Twitter post it was "sweet news for us all".
When we talk about candies, nothing can beat the spongy, syrupy Rosogolla.
Registry and Intellectual Property India on Tuesday presented the Geographical Indication Tag status to Banglar Rasogolla of West Bengal and Mamallapuram stone sculptures of Tamil Nadu.
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"The GI authorities have ruled today that West Bengal is the origin of rosogolla". Bengal's rosogolla is off white and spherical in shape. The Odisha government previously in 2016 had formed a committee to claim that the spongy Indian desert had its roots in Odisha. Darjeeling Tea is the first product of the State to be accorded the GI.
Similarly, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation had applied (number 426) on May 31, 2013 seeking the GI tag status for Mamallapuram stone sculptures. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years.
West Bengal in its application had provided proof of origin - historical records dating back to 1896.
Leading Bengali film hero Prosenjit Chatterjee said beyond Bengal's borders, people equate the state with "mishti doi (sweet yoghurt)" and "rosogolla". For a product to get GI tag, it has to have a unique quality, reputation or characteristic which is attributable to its geographic origin. Bengal had stated at the GI registrar office that the Rosogulla found in Odisha was of a different kind since it varied in the shape and the colour. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us".