Bela Pana

The ancient summer drink that's about to become your new obsession

Bela Pana is a popular summer drink in the state of Odisha. It is made from a fruit called Bela or wood apple, native to India and other Southeast Asian countries.

It is believed that the drink was first created by Lord Jagannath, the deity worshipped in the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.

According to the legend, Lord Jagannath offered this drink to his devotees as a refreshing and cooling beverage during the hot summer months.

This tradition has continued to this day, and Bela Pana is still served as a prasad (offering) to devotees during the Rath Yatra festival.

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The Bela fruit is also known for its medicinal properties and is rich in antioxidants, fibre, and essential nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, and calcium. 

In addition, it is believed to aid digestion, boost immunity, and prevent heat stroke and dehydration during the hot summer.

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