9 Sept 2021

Anna South Indian Sweets & Tiffin Center, Bhubaneswar

Anna South Indian Sweets & Tiffin Center is a roadside food stall in Bhubaneswar near CRP Square. You can find Idli, Chup, Vada, Puri, Sweets, and many more, but the best part is, all are prepared without onion and garlic.

Puri-Upma and Ghuguni at Anna South Indian Sweets & Tiffin Center, Bhubaneswar

As per one Google local guide Ipsita Rout; This is a nice place for breakfast and snacks. Idli, Chup, vada, puri, sweets all are available here at a very reasonable price. They are accepting digital payment methods, which is really helpful during this cashless era.

Vada, Idli, and Ghuguni with Chutney at Anna South Indian Sweets & Tiffin Center, Bhubaneswar

She further added, yes, due to COVID, no sitting arrangements are there now, only parcel is available. The owner and the workers are very cooperative. It's a roadside stall, so no ambiance but you can take away and easily enjoy their food at home. So basically my experience is very good here."

Vada, Samosa, and Ghuguni with Chutney at Anna South Indian Sweets & Tiffin Center, Bhubaneswar

Overall, it's a good place to have breakfast and snacks with delicious sweets like Rasagola, Gulabjamoon, Chena Jhilli, etc. Around 2 years ago before the COVID Crisis, another Google Local Guide, Kshirabdhi Mallik had reviewed this place and given it a 4 star as well as noted that "they also have Rasagola and Chhena Jhili as the best deserts. It's a pocket-friendly and hygienic place."

N.B.: All these photographs of this blog are taken by Manas Muduli, an Odia Foodie and it's written by Sangram Keshari Senapati by collecting information from different reviewers and local guides.


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5 Sept 2021

Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara, Odisha

Baladevjew Temple (Odia: ବଳଦେବଜୀଉ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple situated in Tulasi Kshetra of Kendrapara district in Odisha. Lord Balaram is the main divinity of this temple.

Baladevjew Temple in Icchapur Kendrapada

But Jagannath and Subhadra are also worshipped on the Ratna Sinhasan (Gem Throne) in the main temple. An idol representing Tulasi as a goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps.

History of Baladevjew Temple:-

The present temple was constructed at  Ichhapur in around 1761 AD during the Maratha rule in Odisha. It was constructed by Raja Gopal Sandha (the king of Kujanga) and Srinivas Narendra Mahapatra (the Zamindar of Chhedara Killah).

Main Entranace of Baladevjew Temple in Tulasikshetra, Kendrapara, Odisha

One saint named Gopi Das and Sairatak Giri convinced the then Maratha Chief Janoji and constructed the Jagamohan, Bhoga Mandapa of the main temple, the temple of Gundicha, and compound wall.

It is believed that Khan-I-Duran, the subedar of Odisha during the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb demolished the temple in 1661 and built a mosque on the remains of the temple. Devotees of Lord Baladevjew took the deity in disguise in a boat through the river Gobari and kept the deity in a secret place near Baranga (Chhedara) Jungle. Afterward, it was shifted to Balarampur village near Luna river at Sakhi Bata. Later it was transferred to the present-day Icchapur temple.

The architecture of Baladev Jew Temple:-

There are four main parts of Baladev Jew Temple:

  1. Bada Deula or Sri Mandir
  2. Majhi Mandir or Bhog Mandap
  3. Jagamohan or Natya Mandir
  4. Bata Mandir or Mukhashala
Kendrapada Baladevjew Temple Images for fee use

The main temple is 75 feet (23 m) high and 40 feet (12 m) wide. The main temple has a 7 step construction and heavy baulamalia stones are used in this construction. There are other small temples inside the premise, where other Gods and Goddesses are worshipped. All the temples have beautiful architecture and are constructed in a traditional way.

The other important parts of the temple are Garuda Stambha, Ratna Bhandar, Snana Mandap, Mukti Mandap, Jhulan Gruha, Laxmi Mandira, Anand Bazar, Bhairabi Mandir, NabaGraha Mandir, Kasi Biswonath, Astasambhu Mahadev, Sri Ram mandir, Sidheswar Mahadev, Mukti Mandap, Ganesh mandir, and Adhistati Devi Tulasi Temple.

Prasad of Baladebjew Temple:-

Different types of Prasad are made with trained traditional families, called Supakara, and Mekap are engaged solely for deities. Some of the delicacies are highly patronized in different historic regimes. A comprehensive list of the delicacies is as follows.

Yummy Rasabala Prasad from Baladevjew Temple in Tulasikshetra, Kendrapara

Baula Gaintha, Upana Pitha, Mithei, Chaurashi Vyanjana (84 vegetable Curry), Makara Chaula, Bhaja, Ghia Anna, Dali, Phalamula (fruits and roots), Dry sweets, Ghanavarta, Pura Kakara, Rasabali, Putuli Pitha, Chipa Kakara, Karanji, Khaja, Magaja Ladoo, Dalimba, Khuduma, Nishkudi, Mutha Gaja, Tala, Chhena Chakata are the famous ones.

Baladevjew Anna Prasad
Prasad from Baladevjew Temple
Rasabali from Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara, Odisha
Prasad Sevan at Balabhadrajew Temple, Kendrapara, Odisha

  • All these photographs are taken by Manas Muduli and one photograph is taken by Mrutyunjay Kar bhai with a CC-BY-SA Creative Commons license.

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31 Aug 2021

Khudurukuni (ଖୁଦୁରୁକୁଣି) Osha Images of 2021

Khudurukuni Osha (Odia: ଖୁଦୁରୁକୁଣି ଓଷା) is an Indian festival celebrated in Odisha, the Eastern state of India. This festival is also known as Bhalukuni Osha (Odia: ଭାଲୁକୁଣୀ ଓଷା).

Khudurukuni Osha Images by Lipika Mohapatra in 2021
Khudurukuni Osha Images by Sagarika Patnaik in 2021

Unmarried girls celebrate this festival on every Sunday in the month of Bhadrav (Odia: ଭାଦ୍ରବ) which is in between August and September as per the Gorgerin calendar.

Bhalukuni Osha Images from 2021

On this festival, the girls worship Maa Mangala (Odia: ମା' ମଙ୍ଗଳା) to protect their brothers. This loosely translates to that "Goddess Khudurukuni can fulfill all your wishes".

Bhalukuni Osha Images by Aliva Pattnaik in 2021
Khudurukuni Osha Image by Sagarika Patnaik in 2021

The book is a story of a young girl named Tapoi who was ill-treated by her sisters-in-laws (except the youngest one) after her brothers traveled far for business. She started worshiping Maa Mangala and got out of all the troubles when her brothers came back.

Khudurukuni Osha Images by Aliva Patnaik in 2021

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29 Aug 2021

Mutton Curry from Indira Nana Hotel, Cuttack

Are you are craving for delicious Mutton Curry? Then here it is from Indira Nana Hotel on the Cuttack-Paradeep Road.

Indira Nana Hotel in Cuttack

Indira Nana Hotel is on Cuttack-Paradeep road. It's a small hut-type setting but the foods are amazing! You could get both veg and non-veg. The taste is awesome.

Cuttack Famous Mutton Curry from Indira Nana Hotel on Paradeep Road

From the OMP underpass take right towards Paradeep on the Cuttack-Paradeep Road. After around 2 kilometers, you could see Indira Nana Hotel on the left side. There is no sign board or anything about this hotel, but you can ask locals, it’s on the main road.

And try to reach there between 12:45 to 1pm on Wednesday, Fridays or Weekends. After 1 pm, it gets very crowded. People literally come and stand near you to get seated after you are done.

Mutton Curry Plate from Indira Hotel, Cuttack-Paradeep Road
Delicious Cuttack Famous Mutton Curry from Indira Nana Hotel on Paradeep Road

26 Aug 2021

Maa Barunei and Karunei Pitha of Khoardha

Maa Barunei and Karunei Temple (Odia: ମା' ବରୁଣେଇ କରୁଣେଇ ପୀଠ) is one of the Shakti Peethas of Odisha. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Maa Barunei a manifestation of Shakti.

Way to Maa Barunei and Karunei Temple of Khordha, Odisha

The temple is located on Barunei Hill in Khordha district of the Indian state of Odisha. This place is around 30 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha.

Maa Barunei Karunei Pitha

The temple has idols of the twin goddesses Barunei and Karunei in the sanctum sanctorum. A beautiful stream flows from the hill which is known as Swarna Ganga, which enhances the beauty of this place.

Stairs toBarunei and Karunei Temple of Khordha, Odisha

History of Barunei Temple:

Rama Chandra Dev, the son of Prime Minister Danai Vidyadhar of the Bhoi dynasty established his capital at Khurda on the foot of Barunei hill. He received this place as a gift from Vala Vikram Singh of Kholapala.

Bagha Patra of Kokkal, Jhadu Parida of Ghoradia, and Sarani Patra of Mallipada these three persons had provided their support to Rama Chandra Dev for the construction of the Khurda Kingdom. Rama Chandra Dev named his new capital Jagannathpur Katak, after the name of Lord Jagannatha, the deity that was first reinstalled hereafter the sacrilege of Kalapathara.

Maa Barunei and Karunei Temple of Khordha, Odisha

Karunei and Barunei are two deities of the Khurda Bhoi dynasty. Jaya Durga and Kanak Durga worshipped in the residence of the priest are considered to be the substitutes of the presiding deities. During Dusshera these two Durga images were brought to Barunei pitha for worship.

After shifting of Bhoi dynasty capital to Puri Jaya Durga and Kanak Durga were also taken and installed there. Karunei and Barunei continued to remain in their original shrine at the foot of the Barunei hill.

Idol of Maa Barunei and Karunei of Khordha

During Dusshera sarees and mahaprasad of Jagannath temple are sent to Karunei and Barunei. It is said that Gajapati Purusottam Deva after defeating the king of Kanchi had brought Ganesh, Sakhigopal, Karunei, and Barunei.

Barunei and Karunei are regarded as khetreswari of Khurda fort and worshipped by the Paika community. It is mentioned that the Muslim invaders undermined the Sakti of Devi by sacrificing cattle and defeated the Paikas. A description of twin goddesses is found in "Bata Avakasa" an Oriya work of a great medieval poet Balaram Das.

N.B.: All these photos are taken by Manas Muduli, except the last one. The history part is taken from one article of Odisha Review written by Pabitra Mohan Barik published in October 2006.

Famous Kuna Tuna Dahibara from Cuttack

Kuna Tuna Dahibara Stall is one of the famous Dahi vada stalls in Odisha situated opposite the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.

Famous Dahibara from Kuna Tuna Stall of Cuttack

Kuna Tuna Dahibara Alu dum from Cuttack

Dahibara is one of the Odia food which is well known for breakfast and most famous in all parts of Odisha. But Cuttuck Dahibara is considered the best Dahi vada.

Cuttack Famous Dahibara Aloodum from Kuna Tuna Stall

Kuna Tuna Dahibara Aloodum from Cuttack

All these photographs except the header image are clicked by Manas Muduli, a techie by profession and a food cum traveler of Odisha.

11 Aug 2021

Odisha is Celebrating Chitau Amavsya

Chitalagi Amavasya is also known as Chitau Amabasya (Odia: ଚିତଉ ଅମାବାସ୍ୟା) celebrated on Srabana Amavasya (July–August according to the Georgian Calendar). On this day, a special ritual is celebrated at Jagannath Temple, Puri. The gold and precious stone set Chitas which are removed from the deities on the Snana Purnima (Snana Yatra) night are again adorned on them on this day.

Chitau Pitha for Chitalagi Amavasya

A very special rice cake known as Chitau or Chitou pitha is offered to the deity on this day. This Pitha is also prepared in every Odia family in the coastal districts.

Chitalagi Amavsya or Chitau Pitha

In rural areas, this festival is observed as well in a different form. On this day, the farmers worship the paddy fields. In the morning the farmers go to their paddy fields with pitha or bhoga, flowers, milk, etc, and pray the fields for a good harvest.

Chitau Pitha for Chitalagi Amabasya

In some places of Odisha, people used to feed Chitau Pitha to the snails. Since the farmers use to work barefoot, there is a chance of attack by the snails through their sharp edges, so to make them happy, people observe this Ritual and praying them.

* All these photos are taken by Manaswini Sahoo and Srinibas Samal.

1 Aug 2021

Preparaiton of PodaPitha for Lord Jagannath

Podo Pitha (Odia: ପୋଡ଼ ପିଠା) is the most favorite dish of Lord Jagannath. He used to eat Poda Pitha every day, but he loves the Poda pitha offered during Bahuda Jatra.

PodaPitha Preparation for Lord Jagannath during Ratha Jatra

Special Poda Pitha for Lord Jagannath during Bahuda Jatra

Here, we have some photos of the preparation of Podopitha during 2021 Bahuda Jatra. 

Podapitha preparation for Bahuda Jatra

Cutting Poda Pitha for Lord Jagannath during Bahuda Jatra

Poda Pitha Preparation for Lord Jagannath during Ratha Jatra

Poda pitha is slow-cooked pitha. It is made by slowly baking fermented rice, black gram, grated coconut, and jaggery overnight.

Podapitha is ready for Bahuda Jatra

Podapitha is ready for Lord Jagannath

Its crust is slightly burnt, while the inside is soft and white. In Odisha, Poda pitha is generally made during Raja Parba.

Delicous Poda pitha for Lord Jagannath

Podapitha offering to Lord Jagannath

N.B.: All these photographs are taken from the Twitter account of Shree Jagannatha Temple Office- Puri and Krishan Kumar sir.

  • All the photo rights are reserved for the respective handles.
  • Before publishing, we haven't taken any permission from these handles, but since it's under fair use policy, we've used these photos from these two official handles of the Odisha Government.