Rasgulla, or rather the local dialect calling it ‘Roshogolla’ has a fascinating history of its own. Roshogolla can arguably be called the queen of sweets with respect to Bengal even though it has huge popularity throughout India.

There are two versions of the origins of Roshogolla. One is the Oriya version and the other can be easily guessed, the Bengali version. As the popular Oriya story of Rasgulla states, that Jagannath, the dominant spiritual being at Puri ,offered this sweet to his consort Lakshmi to pacify her as she was not taken along with Jagannath when he went to Rath Yatra or the ritual chariot ride. Filtering the mythology, the history of rasgulla can be traced to the 11th century when it became customary to offer this ‘chenna’ sweet to Maha Lakshmi as ‘prasad’. So, as time gradually passed by, the Lakshmi ‘prasad’ known as ‘khiramohana’ came to be known as rasgulla.

Now, when we turn to the Bengali origin of this master sweet, the name that comes to everyone’s lips is Nabin Chandra Das .Mr Das was the official inventor of ‘Roshogolla’ in around the year 1868. After him, the succeeding generations of his family popularized the sweet. Das initially struggled as a sweet-maker and had the ambition of creating a whole new sweet. Thus, the quest for ‘Roshogolla’ was undertaken. At first, Nabin Chandra had great difficulty in holding the ‘chenna’ balls together when immersed in the sugar syrup, but finally, by using ‘reetha’ and creating bubbles, the ‘chenna’ tightly grasped each other in a cohesive manner leading to its unique sponginess. Thus was born ‘Roshogolla’.

The final episode in the history of ‘Roshogolla’ was Nabin Chandra’s decision not to patent his creation. He believed that if he taught other confectioners the technique to make ‘Roshogolla’, only then would the sweet disperse in different parts of the state, or rather the country. Thus, to Das true success was never just to invent a sweet, but to make it popular throughout the country

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