12 Dec 2019

Alpana Design For Manabasa Gurubara, Margasira Masa Laxmi Puja Osha


Manabasa Gurubara Osha is a traditional Odia festival mainly celebrated on every house in the month of Margasira, the 8th month of Odia calendar. In this festival, Goddess Mahalaxmi is worshiped by the women of the home.

For this festival, people use to worship Maa Laxmi on every Thursday of the month. Maa Mahalaxmi is considered as the goddess of wealth and people use to worship her for the care of their wealth.

According to one legend described in the Manabasa Laxmi Purana by Balaram Das, one poor lady named Shriya, who worshiped Maa Laxmi and by the blessings of Maa, she got wealth and her life became stable.

Balabhadra, the elder brother of Maa Laxmi's husband Lord Jagannath opposed this thing because Shriya was belonging to a lower caste named Chandal. Here Chandal refers to that caste who usually works as a sweeper.

With the influence of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath asked Mahalaxmi to stay out of the Temple, so she left with anger. After that Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra became poor, they couldn't get any food and all these happened just because of the curse by Mahalaxmi.

Later both the brothers regret that and from that day, people follow that ritual done by Shriya to worship Maa Laxmi every Thursday of Margasira. People use to make the Alpana designs or you can say Jhoti Chita designs for Maa Laxmi as she loves these things.

We have collected some beautiful photographs taken by Aisworika Senapati during this Manabasa Gurubara Osha. 








* All these photographs are shared with CC 3.0 License. You are free to use all these photographs, with proper credit.

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