30 Nov 2017

Last Manabasa Gurubara (ଶେଷ‌ପାଳି ମାଣବସା ଗୁରୁବାର)


Manabasa Gurubara (Odia: ମାଣବସା ଗୁରୁବାର) is a festival of cultivation. In this festival, people used to worship Maa Laxmi. It is believed by the people that the goddess herself comes to every household and removes pain and sorrow. It is held on every Gurubara (Thursday) in the month of Margasira (The 8th month of Odia Year). This festival is celebrating in the month of November- December according to the English calendar. In this festival, the woman (Mainly the eldest woman) in a family worships Maa Laxmi.

During Manabasa Gurubara, in the month of Margasira according to Odia calender, a stack of paddy or rice sheaves is drawn on the walls structured like a pyramid called as Jhoti. Also drawn different types of Jhoti arts on the floor. Jhoti is considered as a means to attract goddess Lakshmi, hence prosperity into homes.

On the last Thursday of Margasira Gurubara, a special kind of Manda Pitha prepared for Maa Laxmi and offered her. We had collected some photographs of the Last Manabasa Gurubara from some of our friends through twitter.






















* All these photographs are taken by Biswanath Dash, Ganeswar Nayak, Bikas Ranjan Ojha and Anand bhai.

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