Who could imagine that the creamy, soft, syrupy and almost divine rasgulla can ever stir up a controversy? The war between West Bengal and Odisha on rasgulla’s GI status has ended, and West Bengal as stated by most news sources is not a winner. Actually, West Bengal had sought for the GI status of ‘Banglar Rasogolla’, which has been accepted. The Bengali rasgulla is white and spongy and slightly different from the rasgulla of Odisha and Bihar which are crumbly, tender and ranging in colour from off-white to brown. The Government has made it clear that there was no conflict with Odisha as West Bengal’s application was only for the Bengali rasgulla which is different in “both in colour, texture, taste, juice content and even the method of manufacturing” from the one produced in Odisha. Hence, West Bengal has been given the GI status for Banglar Rasogolla and not for rasgulla. Rasgulla has an interesting documented history which goes beyond 700 years. This soft and delicious mithai is not just loved by humans but even the Gods, in the light of the fact that it is offered as bhog in most pujas and festivals, from Durga Puja and Rath Yatra to Diwali and Holi. There is an interesting Oriya legend which claims that when Lord Jagannath moves out of the Puri temple every year for 9 days, along with his brother and sister, his consort, Goddess Lakshmi is upset and would not let the Lord in when he returns, till he offers her rasgulla. Sticking to this legend, ever since the 11th century AD, it is customary to offer this sweet dish as a Prasad to the Goddess on the last day of Rath Yatra. Here are some other interesting facts about rasgulla which will make you marvel at its glorious past and make you fall in love with the mithai.