Abhishek Kumar Singh
Gorakhpur. Nowadays the world is giving emphasis on organic farming. Black salt rice is one of these. This rice is a nutritious grain. Also, this rice is considered beneficial in many diseases. Black salt rice has been in discussion for some time in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The history of black salt rice dates back to 600 BC or Buddha period. In ancient times, this rice was originally grown in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Black salt rice has so much fragrance that if it is cooked in someone’s house, its fragrance reaches the whole locality.
Black Salt Rice is known as Mahaprasad of Lord Buddha. Due to the black colored husk, it got its name ‘Black Salt’ rice. Its importance can be gauged from the fact that this rice is directly related to Lord Buddha.
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International Agricultural Scientist Prof. who did the most work to make black salt rice recognized globally. Ramchet Chowdhary spoke to News18 Local. Telling the story of the association of this rice with Mahatma Buddha, he said that Gautam Buddha was returning from Bodhgaya to his capital Kapilvastu after attaining enlightenment. On the way there is a place named Bajha. So he stayed here. When Mahatma Buddha started leaving the village the next day, the villagers said that you bless us. Then Lord Buddha took out a handful of rice from his bag and gave it to him and said, plant it in your fields and its fragrance will always remind you of us. Since then this rice is known as Maha Prasad of Lord Buddha.
The fragrance of rice reached many countries
11 districts with similar climate, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Siddharthnagar, Santakbirnagar, Basti, Bahraich, Balrampur, Gonda and Shravasti have got GI tag for black salt rice. The history of this rice is about 2,700 years old. It is being grown in Bajaha village of Siddharthnagar since the time of Gautam Buddha. It is also mentioned in the travelogue of Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang. Pro. Chowdhary explains that due to its association with Gautam Buddha, its fragrance has reached many Buddhist countries including Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bhutan.
Rice was supplied in Britain
Wardpur block, about 15 km from Siddharthnagar district headquarters, is the stronghold of black salt rice production. During the British period, it was cultivated in Wardpur, Naugarh and Shohratgarh blocks. English landlord William Bird had settled Wardpur. This paddy rice was supplied in Britain. There are immense possibilities of export in this rice.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 23, 2022, 15:50 IST