Manabasa Gurubar : An auspicious occasion of Odia culture

MahalaxmiManabasa Gurubar is a great festival for all Odias. It is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi in the month of Margasira as per traditional Odia Panjika (Calendar). it is believed that Goddess Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, visit homes in Margasira month. The Legend of Manabasa Gurubar is based on the ancient scripture “Lakshmi Puran”. The untouchables were not allowed to pray, worship and do rituals to God in the ancient ages. Chita-JhotiAt that time Sriya, a woman from untouchables dares to pray and worship and wins over the support of Goddess Lakshmi. But the real story begins when Lakshmi got separated by Lord Jagannath at the behest of his brother Balabhadra. Because she ends discrimination on earth by encouraging even untouchables to conduct rituals and worship. It is filled up to the brink with newly harvested paddy. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits every house during the Puja. This is continued for 4 Thursdays (even if there may be 5). On this day all Odia women read Lakshmi Puran. It marks the end of this auspicious occasion. (Source : Manabasa Gurubar, Odisha state portal, Govt. of Odisha)

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