The prasad of Tarini Mata Temple located on Panposh Road has got a new identity. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has granted the Indulgence Certificate for transparency and purity in the preparation of the prasad to this temple. Smart City Challenge was organized to promote local food in various smart cities of the country. Rourkela Smart City officials inspected the local food items and studied their popularity and quality. Tarini Mata Mandir Committee in consultation with Rourkela Smart City had applied for the Bhog Certificate based on transparency and standards of offerings.
Under this process, two priests of the Tarini temple were given online training by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It focused on maintaining cleanliness and purity in the preparation and distribution of prasad as well as keeping the environment around the temple clean. FSSAI focused that by emphasizing FSSAI certification the preparation and distribution of Prasad made in various temples and religious institutions can be kept clean, pure and healthy. Also, emphasis is laid on the training of the people involved in preparing the prasad.
Tarini Mata Temple in Rourkela is the first temple in Odisha to get the Bhog certificate. Rourkela Additional District Magistrate, Metropolitan Corporation and Smart City CEO Divyajyoti Parida congratulated the temple management committee and employees for this special recognition. He said that the certificate is a matter of pride for the devotees and residents of Rourkela. Thanks have been expressed to the Chairman of the temple committee, Nirmal Chandra Routray, Secretary Divya Singh and Treasurer, Kashinath Sahu & to the CEO of Rourkela Smart City. For this recognition, Rourkela Municipal Corporation Food Safety Officer Swagatika Behera expressed happiness on getting the certificate. She said Rourkela city had participated in the Smart City Challenge program last August. Under the program people were made aware about the food and nutritional value. The administration had checked the quality of food in various hotels, temples and religious institutions.