2nd Pali Manabasa Gurubara

Manabasa Gurubara is based on the ancient scripture “Laxmi Purana”. The untouchables were not allowed to pray, worship and do rituals to God in the ancient ages. At that time Sriya, a woman from untouchables dares to pray and worship and wins over the support of Goddess Laxmi.

After that, Laxmi got separated from Sri Mandira by Lord Jagannatha at the behest of his elder brother Balabhadra. Because she ends discrimination on earth by encouraging even untouchables to conduct rituals and worship.

As Laxmi moved out of Jagannatha’s house, both Jagannatha and Balabhadra undergo immense suffering so much even they have to starve without water and food. The curse of Laxmi had a severe impact on both the brothers for 12 years and they had a tough time.

Soon they realized the importance of Laxmi and were keen to bring her back to their home. Laxmi returned to Jagannatha’s house on one condition that there will be no discrimination of caste and creed on earth.

This unique story highlights the fact that for God everyone was equal. Besides, it reflected the reforms and progressive stance of Gods from the ancient times.

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). In this festival, the woman (Mainly the eldest woman) in a family worships Maa Laxmi.

We had collected some Jhoti photographs of Manabasa Gurubara on the 2nd Pali Gurubara through some of our friends. 

* All these photographs are taken by Rajeev Lochan Nayak, Aiswarya, Gaunlia, Dr Subas Chandra Rout. And the notes are written by Bhubaneswar Buzz.

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