Mandua/Suanli Pitha(Odia Cuisine)
An authentic sweet delicacy of Odisha….. Among the Chhapana Bhoga of lord Jagannatha “Mandua”(It is called Suanli in South and West Odisha)is one of them.Mandua pitha is offered to load Jagannatha at the time of “Chandana Jatra”,or the jatra is also known as “Gandhalepana Jatra”which is the largest festival of lord Jagannatha, temple of Puri, Odisha. It takes place in the month of Baisakha(April) and continue for 21 days. The festival starts from Akshaya Trutiya when it is extremely hot summer. So sandal paste is used to the deities and the deities (the representatives idols) ate taken to the “Narendra Pokhari”(pond), floats on boats which is known as Chapa. At that time “Mandua”Pitha is offered as the special bhoga to the God Jagannatha and Balabhadra and Godess Subhadra.