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Bhog Or Food Offering At Ananta Vasudev Temple In Bhubaneswar

Ananta Vasudev Temple in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, is dedicated to Sri Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra. The bhog or food offering in the temple is quite similar to the world famous Puri Jagannath temple. In olden days, the temple used to offer Chappan Bhog or 56 items. But nowadays the numbers of items have declined considerably.

Food offerings are made eight times a day. The food is prepared in freshly baked clay pots (kuduhas) and is slow cooked. After offerings are made in the shrine, the pots are taken to Ananda Bazaar and sold as the holy offering of the temple.

The first important food offering is known as Mukhya bhoga and is performed around 10:00 AM. The mukhya bhoga or maha bhoga includes five or six varieties of rice, two types of dal, seven to eight types of sabzi, three to four types of chutney, sweet (payash) and rabdi.

Only vegetables traditionally grown in Odisha are used in the preparation of food at Ananta Vasudev temple. Vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum, and cauliflower are not used. Onion and garlic are not used in the food items.