13 Dec 2020

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple (Odia: କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu Temple made by Langula Narasingha Deva in Remuna of Balasore district in Odisha, India.

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple - କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର

Kshirachora Gopinath Temple is situated around 9 km west of Balasore railway station, about halfway between Howrah and Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Kshirachora Gopinath Temple

The name "Remuna" is from the word "Ramaniya" which means very good-looking. "Khirachora" in Odia means Stealer of Milk and Gopinatha means the Divine Consort of Gopis. The reference is to child Krishna's love for milk and milk products.

Khirachora Gopinath Temple made by Narasinghadeva

Chandan Pokhari of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Eastern Ganga Dynasty king Langula Narasingha Deva, brought Gopinath to Remuna in the 13th century from Chitrakuta. This king arranged to have dug the two big tanks, Brajapokhari and Kutapokhari.

Bhoga Shops at Remuna Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Balasore

Beautiful View of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Lord Gopinatha, flanked by Sri Govinda and Sri Madana Mohana, is made of black stone. Sri Gopinatha stands in bas-relief. Govinda and Madana Mohana, who were brought from Vrindavana in about 1938 by a devotee named "Chaitanya Dasa Babaji", are standing freely.

Bata Brukshya at Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna

It is said that Sri Rama carved Gopinatha with His arrow and that Sita worshiped this deity in Chitrakuta. During Banabasa to show the next avatar bigraha (Idol) to Sita.

Baula Gachha near Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna, Balasore, Odisha

Beautiful View of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

How to reach Khirachora Gopinatha Temple:

You could take an auto-rickshaw from the Balasore bus stand or from Remuna Golei or from the Railway station. On the way to Khirachora Gopinath Temple, you could visit Gaudiya Matha and Emami Jagannath Temple is just a few kilometers away from the temple.

Entrance of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Amruta Keli is the name of the delicious khira here. The Gopinatha khira is a preparation of homemade condensed milk, sugar, and cream, with a sprinkling of raisins. It comes in pots, which are personally tasted by Lord Gopinatha.

Amruta Keli, the delicious Khira Bhoga of Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna, Balasore, Odisha

Declaration:
  • All these photos except the Amruta Keli are taken by Sangram Keshari Senapati.
  • The Amruta Keli photo is taken by Jagannath Panigrahi.
  • All these photos are shared under CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
  • And the contents of this blog are taken from English Wikipedia.
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8 Dec 2020

Prathamastami (Odia: ପ୍ରଥମାଷ୍ଟମୀ) is a day dedicated for the firstborn of each family of Odia household. Sounds cliché, but the lucky elder one gets to wear a new dress and fed all good varieties of sweets and Pitha (pancakes).

Homemade delights on Prathamastami

This auspicious day is celebrated to pray for well being of the eldest one where the younger ones get nothing other than Pitha Mitha (no dress😃).

No luck on finding turmeric leaves in and around here (Cochin, Kerala) in my neighborhood. So with that disappointment, I made Stuffed idli, Peas curry, Angoori Rasmalai, Rasagola, and Kheer.

Homemade delights on Prathamastami

The highlight of this day is the Enduri Pitha, turmeric leaves wrapped steamed pancake with a filling of jaggery coconut, which we all get to eat at home. The aroma of turmeric leaves wafting throughout the house and the taste of it already making my mouth watery.

Homemade delights on Prathamastami by Julie

Hope you had a great day! Stay safe and stay happy. Do follow @savory__delights for more such posts💞.

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Julie Samantray

Julie Samantaray, an Odia food blogger from Odisha, staying in Cochin, Kerala. She loves to cook and share with everyone. As a foodie, she not only shares her food with family and friends, also shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

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Nandinia Waterfall (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ ଜଳପ୍ରପାତ) is located in Hindol of Dhenkanal district of Indian state Odisha. This waterfall is inside a jungle of Dhenkanal.

Nandinia - An Unexplored Waterfall of Hindol, Odisha

Nandinia Waterfall is located in Hindol of Dhenkanal district of Indian state Odisha. This waterfall is inside a jungle of Dhenkanal. There are no proper signboards to the place but locals would help you reach. Don’t miss this electric pole.

The electric pole indicating the wat towards Nandinia Waterafall of Hindol

The Nandinia Waterfall is around 100 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha. This waterfall is located around 6 kilometers away on the left side of Amalapada Raymunda village of Hindol Sub-division. Since the waterfall is inside the forest, it's not easily approachable.

According to some legends, the king of Hindol Gadajat, Shree Nanda Mahadev went inside the jungle and met a saint inside a cave and the saint named that cave on the name of the king as Nandinia Cave (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ ଗୁମ୍ଫା).

Bathing Scene of Nanidnia Waterfall of Hindol

As per some folk tales, one buffalo was searching for water and fallen into a ditch. At that time, lord Jagannath appeared and blessed the buffalo with water.

From that ditch, the waterfall started and the ditch is named Nandinia Kunda (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ କୁଣ୍ଡ) and the waterfall Nandinia Waterfall. On every Chitalagi Amavashya, local people do worship to Lord Jagannath and chanting names.

On the way to Nandinia Waterfall from Sapua Dam

The surroundings of this waterfall are good for Picnic. So, people from places visit this place in the winter season, but the roads are not approachable to the waterfall and there is no proper guidelines and promotion about this place, so fewer people know about this place.

Art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra near Nandinia Waterfall, Hindol

There is an art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra drawn inside the Nandinia Cave. When people visit the waterfall, they also visit Mahaprabhu there.

Nandinia - The unexplored waterfall of Odisha

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Puspita Bhutia

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N.B.: All these photo rights are reserved for the original author and before using any of it, please take the permission of him. And the content is translated from a Facebook post by Odisha Tourism. And thanks to Chandra Mohan Baral Bhai for the suggestions about this place.

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Prathamastami (Odia: ପ୍ରଥମାଷ୍ଟମୀ) is an Odia festival celebrating the "first-born" child of a family. They are called the "Prathama" or "Poruan" meaning "the first".

Prathamastami - A festival for first-born

This one's a very special occasion for me. Because I get to celebrate back-to-back. Being born on Kartika Purnima... I know that Prathamashtami isn't far🤣. And the cherry on top is that my younger sister gets no attention on this day🤣🤣.

So, in the frame, you can see ENDURI PITHA. Enduri pitha is prepared during Prathamastami. A batter of black gram and rice flour along with a stuffing of jaggery and coconut is wrapped in turmeric leaves and then steamed.

Enduri pitha on the delicious plate for Prathamashtami

My mom has spoilt me silly, I am telling you. But that's ok... today's my day. All the "Prathamas"... all my love to you.💃💃

Also, yours truly has finally learnt how to make these pithas. These are made by me. Hence, the cracks. But that's ok.🙈

You can see the Enduri Pitha making process on this blog- Enduri Pitha Making

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Bandita Choudhury

Bandita Choudhury, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She is a lawyer by profession, a foodie by choice. She loves her work and a dedicated foodie who shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

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Dhamarai Temple, Bhadrak - ଧାମରାଇ ମନ୍ଦିର

The Dhamarai Temple (Odia: ଧାମରାଇ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple at Dhamara, a small coastal township, where the river Dhamra (Odia: ଧାମରା) meets the Bay of Bengal.

Maa Dhamarai Temple Side View

The place is around 60 to 70 kilometers from Bhadrak district headquarters in the eastern direction. Dhamara is surrounded by Chandbali in the West, Basudebpur in the North, Kalibhanjadia in the South, and Bay of Bengal in the East.

Dhamarai Temple, Bhadrak

There are a number of legends and folk tales regarding the deity Dhamarai and the temple of Maa Dhamarai.

According to one of the historical legends, one merchant namely Dhaneswar who often traded with the Singhalies (Srilanka) had brought a deity namely 'Pashana Mangala' from Srilanka and had established the same at Dhamara on his way back home. The said deity, later on, came to be known as MAA DHAMARAI.

Dhamarai Temple Entrance

According to one of the folktales, Maa Dhamrai had five sisters and were residing at a place called 'Satabhaya'. Her five sisters were carnivorous in contradiction to her being purely vegetarian, which had angered her sisters and they pushed her deep into the sea.

Floating on the water Maa Dhamarai came towards Chandinipala and is believed to have been caught in the fishing net of one Sanatana Dalai and Bulei Behera who had rescued her and started worshiping keeping her in their house.

Full View of Maa Dhamara Temple

Later on, it is believed that on the same night the queen of the then King of Kanika, Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo saw a dream wherein Maa Dhamarai ordered her to build a temple.

The Temple of Maa Dhamarai, Dhamara

The temple built by the then king Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo by the year 1953 got destroyed and the remains even were washed away into the sea.

Front View of Maa Dhamarai Temple

During the said period the people worshiped the deity keeping her inside a thatched roof house.

Maa Dhamarai Temple

  • Content Source: bhadrak.nic.in
  • Photo Source: Some from bhadrak.nic.in and others from different sources and the photographer's name is written on the photos.
  • This is a basic blog just to know about this temple and the folk tales of Maa Dhamarai.

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Rakta Tirtha Eram - ରକ୍ତତୀର୍ଥ ଇରମ

Rakta Tirtha Eram
(Odia: ରକ୍ତତୀର୍ଥ ଇରମ) is a small village in Bhadrak, Odisha which is also known as the second Jallianwala Bagh of India plays an important role in the history of the Indian Independence movement.

Eram Saheed Smruti Pitha

Eram is around 40 kilometers from Bhadrak and 8 kilometers from Basudevpur. On way to Eram, you have to go on Gabhei or Gamoi (Gamei) River, which played an important role during the Independence movement.

Gamei River on the way to Eram Massacre, Bhadrak, Odisha

Eram village was remote, inaccessible, and far from the cities. It's surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and two rivers named Gamoi and Kansbansa and thick jungles which makes the place was sleepy and silent to reach.

Ganesh Tripathy at Eram Massacre

From 1920, Eram was a secret place for Utkal Congress meetings, Gopabandhu Das, Harekrushna Mahatab, and other Congress leaders used Eram as a place for public meetings to share the messages about the Quit India Movement or Non-cooperation Movement of Mahatma Gandhi and to propagate the Gandhian ideals of freedom struggle among the villagers.

Rakta Tirtha Eram

On 1942 September 28, there was a huge gathering at Eram to protest against British Raj and to prepare a course plan of action to fight against the British. Under the leadership of Kamala Prasad Kar, a crowd of 5000 people gathered at Eram Melana ground.

Eram Massacre, Bhadra, Odisha - Free Image to use

Afraid of this gathering a police force from Basudebpur police station, led by DSP Kunjabihari Mohanty march towards Eram. As like Jaliyanawala Bagh here, DSP Kunjabihari Mohanty acted as General Dyer and opened fire on the huge gathering at 6:30 PM, within few minutes 304 shots were discharged against the crowd, who were performing the agitation against the British rulers in a peaceful way.

Eram Massacre, Bhadra, Odisha

Since the field was bounded on three sides, therefore, no one was able to get escape from the field. Within some minutes 29 persons were dead on the spot and 56 were injured.

Among the dead of Eram massacre includes one woman named Pari Bewa, who is regarded as the only lady martyr of Odisha. For this incident, Eram is popularly known as Rakta Tirtha Eram (The Pilgrim of Blood).

5 Dec 2020

Instant Raw Mango Pickle

Raw Mango Pickle
(Odia: କଞ୍ଚା ଆମ୍ବ ଖଟା) is one of my favourite pickles. Nowadays we are missing the raw mangoes. Mangoes are easily available in summers, but you can feel the taste of Mangoes in every season through this pickle. Kindly read the entire Recipe, if you wanna make it someday.

Ingredients for Raw Mango Pickle:

  1. Diced raw mango - of 1 mango
  2. Jaggery/sugar - 1 cup
  3. Panch poron - 1 tbsp (a mixture of Fenugreek, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds & black cumin seeds.1:1:2:3:1)
  4. Fresh curry leaves
  5. Grated ginger - 1 inch
  6. Roasted cumin & dry red chilly powder (2:1)
  7. Just a pinch of turmeric powder
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil - 2 tbsp
  10. Hing
  11. Curry leaves
  12. Green chilly - 3
  13. 1/2 glass of water

Kancha Amba Khata - Raw Mango Pickle

Delicious Raw Mango Pickle - Yummy Kancha Amba Khata Odia Style

Making Process of Raw Mango Pickle:

  1. Turn on the flame & heat the pan.
  2. Add 2 tbsp oil. Once the pan is heated up then add the panch poron, hing & sliced green chillies
  3. Panch poron have changed the colour & now add the curry leaves.
  4. Then add the crushed ginger. Then cook it for just 1 minute on a low flame. Fry it until the raw smell of the ginger goes away.
  5. Add the diced mango. Then add a pinch of turmeric powder.
  6. Cook it for 4-5 minutes on a low flame. Now check it & add the jaggery/sugar. Cover the lid.
  7. After 3-4 minutes check it again. Diced mangoes are softer now. Add salt to taste.
  8. Cover & cook until the jaggery/sugar melts completely. Don't add a little water now.
  9. Stir in between. After 4-5 minutes here the jaggery has melted completely. Now add 1/2 glass of water.
  10. Cover it & cook it for more 4-5 minutes. It's been 5 minutes & the mangoes are softer now.
  11. Then add 1 tbsp roasted cumin & red chilly powder in it. Stir it. Then turn off the flame.
  12. Sweet mango pickle is ready. Have it with roti or parathas. You can also have it with rice & dal.

Raw Mango Pickle - Kancha Amba Khata

Quick Raw Mango Pickle Recipe

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Itishreeya Sahoo

Itishreeya Sahoo, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She loves to cook and share with everyone. As a foodie, she not only shares her food with family and friends, also shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

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4 Dec 2020

Khira Gaintha (Odia: କ୍ଷୀର ଗଇଁଠା) is a very delicate and extremely elevating dessert that’s unique to Odisha. This consists of balls of rice flour dough soaked in reduced cardamom flavored milk.

Delicious Khira Gaintha Recipe

The rice flour is cooked with water and then kneaded to form a dough, molded into balls, and dropped into simmering milk cream.

Delicious Khira Gaintha for Baula Amavasya

Recipe of Khira Gaintha:

  1. Boil water in a pan. Add a teaspoon of oil and a teaspoon of salt to this.
  2. Now gradually and continuously add the rice flour to the water and keep stirring.
  3. Make sure there aren’t any lumps. Lower the flame, cover the pan with a lid, and cook it for five minutes.
  4. Take this mixture and turn it on to a wide plate. Let it cool.
  5. Once it has cooled just enough knead it with your fingers so that it forms a ball.
  6. Make small balls and steam them. In another deep pan boil the milk and evaporated milk.
  7. Simmer in low flame until milk thickens. Add the rest of the sugar, cardamom powder and heat the milk some more.
  8. Now one by one drop the rice balls into the boiling milk and continue stirring.
  9. You can make a paste with 1 tablespoon of rice powder and add it to the milk to thicken it.
  10. Add the coconut in the end along with slivered cashew and almonds. Serve it cool
  11. Serve Khira Gaintha on its own as a delicious dessert after your satisfying meal.

Recipe of Khira Gaintha

This Khira Gaintha or Gaintha Pitha usually offers to Lord on Baula Amavasya as per the Odia culture. Apart from Baula Amavasya, at some places, people use to prepare this on Diwali for the Badabadua Daka.

Delicious Gaitha Pitha or Khira Gaitha

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Mansi Rath

Mansi Rath, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Balasore, Odisha. She is a software engineer by profession, a foodie, and by choice. She has an aim and has a passion to become a chef. She loves to explore places and different cuisines of Odisha.

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