Showing posts with label Manabasa Gurubara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Manabasa Gurubara. Show all posts

12 Dec 2019


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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22 Nov 2018


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.

Manabasa is generated from the word Mana, which is a measurement unit in Odisha. On this day, people used to keep a Mana of paddy on a wooden stool and placed some other things and worship it. From this festival, the farmers bring the rice grains to home. 

This is believed that Goddess Lakshmi loves a clean house so all women make their houses clean and then makes it beautiful with Jhoti Chita. It is believed that the most beautiful house of the village will be visited by Goddess Lakshmi and can get money and prosperity.




 

 

 


 



 

 

 Some people also made the Jhoti on the walls.



 

 

 


 


30 Nov 2017


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.

Manabasa is generated from the word Mana, which is a measurement unit in Odisha. On this day, people used to keep a Mana of paddy on a wooden stool and placed some other things and worship it. From this festival, the farmers bring the rice grains to home.

This is believed that Goddess Lakshmi loves a clean house so all women make their houses clean and then makes it beautiful with Jhoti Chita. It is believed that the most beautiful house of the village will be visited by Goddess Lakshmi and can get money and prosperity.

We had collected some photographs of Jhoti and Manabasa Osha by one of our friends. She had captured all these photographs at her village.




























* All these photographs are taken by one of our friend at her village.

28 Nov 2017

Manabasa Osha (Odia: ମାଣବସା ଓଷା) 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). In this festival, the woman (Mainly the eldest woman) in a family worships Maa Laxmi.

We had collected some photographs of Manabasa Osha and the Jhoti drawn on Manabasa Gurubara.








* All these photographs are taken by Gaunlia.


23 Nov 2017

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.



22 Nov 2017


The folk art of Odisha is bound up with its social and religious activities. In the month of Margasira (ମାର୍ଗଶିର), women folk worship the goddess, Lakshmi. It is the harvest season when grain is thrashed and stored. During this auspicious occasion, the mud walls and floors are decorated with murals in white rice paste or pithau. They are called Jhoti or Chita and are drawn not merely with the intention of decorating the house, but to establish a relationship between the mystical and the material, thus being highly symbolical and meaningful.

Folic painting in this tradition survives till today in all its pristine freshness. Throughout the year, the village women perform several rituals for the fulfillment of their desires. For each occasion, a specific motif is drawn on the floor or on the wall. For instance, in Lakshmipuja a stack of paddy or rice sheaves is drawn on the walls structured like a pyramid.


To draw a Jhoti or Chita, the fingers are dipped into the rice paste and made to trace out intricate patterns on the floor or walls. Sometimes a kind of brush is prepared from a twig to one end of which a small piece of cloth is attached. This is dipped into the white rice paste to draw patterns on the wall. At times, the paste is sprinkled on the walls with delicate swishes of demisting, sad a pattern resembling bunches of paddy emerges on the wall.

We have collected some photographs of Jhoti (ଝୋଟି) from a village during Margasira Manabasa Gurubara (ମାଣବସା ଗୁରୁବାର) which were taken on the 1st Thursday of Margasira.





















* All these photographs are taken by one of our frined at her village.

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

Manabasa is generated from the word Mana (ମାଣ), which is a measurement unit in Odisha. On this day, people used to keep a Mana of paddy on a wooden stool and placed some other things and worship it. From this festival, the farmers bring the rice grains to home. 

This is believed that Goddess Lakshmi loves a clean house so all women make their houses clean and then makes it beautiful with Jhoti Chita. It is believed that the most beautiful house of the village will be visited by Goddess Lakshmi and can get money and prosperity.

We have collected some photographs of Manabasa Gurubara Laxmi Puja from a village through one of our freind.












* All these photographs are taken by one of our friend from her village. 

Jhoti (Odiaଝୋଟି) is the traditional Odia art on the floor and walls, very popular in the rural areas. Jhoti involves line art using the traditional white coloured, semi-liquid paste of rice or pithau (ପିଠଉ). The fingers are used as brushes in this art form.

For each occasion, a specific motif is drawn on the floor or on the wall. For instance, 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. Also drawn different types of arts on the floor. Jhoti is considered as a means to attract goddess Lakshmi, hence prosperity into homes.

We have collected some photographs of Jhoti deawn on wall for Manabasa Gurubara. 















* All these photographs are taken by one of our freind at her village during this Manabasa Gurubara. 

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