Bikanervala Chairman Kedarnath Aggarwal, once a street vendor, passed away
Lala Kedarnath Aggarwal, who used to sell bhujia and rasgullas in buckets on the streets of old Delhi before founding the sweets and snacks brand Bikanervala, passed away on Monday.
The fall of Aggarwal, affectionately known as Kakaji, “marks the end of an era that enriched palaces and touched countless lives,” Bikanervala said in a statement. The company operates more than 60 stores in India and has a presence in countries such as the United States, New Zealand, Singapore, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.
Group CEO Shyam Sunder Aggarwal said: “Kakaji’s demise is not only a loss for Bikanervala but also a gap in the culinary landscape. His vision and leadership will forever guide our culinary journey.” Kedarnath Aggarwal started his entrepreneurial journey in Delhi.
Originally from Bikaner, his family owned a sweet shop on the streets of the city since 1905. The shop was called Bikaner Namkeen Bhandar and sold a number of sweets and snacks.
Aggarwal, who had greater ambitions, migrated to Delhi in the early 1950s with his brother Satyanarayan Aggarwal, bringing his family’s recipes to the city.
Initially, the two struggled to carry crates full of bhujia and rasgulla to sell on the streets of old Delhi. However, the Aggarwal brothers’ hard work and Bikaner’s unique aesthetic taste were soon recognized and accepted by the people of Delhi.
The Aggarwal brothers then opened a shop at Chandini Chowk in Delhi, where they used family recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Bikaner Namkeen Bhandar quickly became famous for its Moong Dal Halwa, Bikaneri Bhujia and Kaju Katli, among others. The brothers and the store quickly became famous as Bikanervala.
“When we say goodbye to a legend, we pass on his legacy with a profound sense of responsibility. Bikanervala will continue to reflect its values: where every dish tells a story and every customer is part of our extended family,” said Radhey Mohan Aggarwal, Group Director of Bikanervala and eldest son of Kakaji said.
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