✨Manabasa Gurubar - मानबसा गुरुवार

Upcoming Event: Pratham: 25 November 2021
In odisha people worship Mata Laxmi on Gurubar ମାଣବସା ଗୁରୁବାର (Thursday) during the lunar month of Margasira.

In odisha people worship Mata Laxmi on Gurubar ମାଣବସା ଗୁରୁବାର (Thursday) during the lunar month of Margasira.

This occasion is correlated with cultivation and harvesting, which are the main profession of the people of countryside. By this month, farmers, who had toiled hard in the fields for the past few months, fill their reeks and barns with freshly harvested paddy. They consider it as the grace and blessing of Mata Laxmi and worship (Mana) filled with freshly harvested paddy as her icon. (Mana) is a pot made of bamboo canes used in the olden days for measuring paddy.

It is believed that Mata Laxmi visits every house during Manabasa Gurubar and therefore, the female members perform this puja with devotion.

मानबसा गुरुवार हिन्दी में भी उपलब्ध

ओडिशा में लोग गुरुबार (ମାଣବସା) (बृहस्पतिवार) को मार्गशीर्ष के चंद्र माह के दौरान माता लक्ष्मी की पूजा करते हैं।

Mythology Behind Manabasa Gurubar

As per mythology Manabasa Gurubar is based on the ancient scripture Laxmi Puran. In ancient time, the untouchables were not allowed to pray, worship and do rituals to Bhagwan in the ancient ages. But Shriya, a scavenger low caste woman, dared to pray and worship and appease the Mata, who then visits her.

This act, however, angers Balaram, the elder brother of bhagwan Jagannath, and she is turned out of Jagannath Temple, Puri, at his behest.

The Mata is shown the door for ending discrimination on earth by encouraging even untouchables to conduct rituals and worship. While leaving the temple, she curses her husband and elder brother-in-law saying that they would have to go through a prolonged ordeal without food, water or shelter. The curse of Laxmi has a severe impact on both the brothers for 12 years and they had a tough time. Soon they realise her importance and Laxmi agrees to return but on one condition that there will be no discrimination of caste and creed on earth.

The Purana stresses on the importance of feminism and empowers the female to resist male hegemony.

How to Perform Manabasa Gurubar Puja

Clean House
It is believed that Mata Lakshmi loves a clean house, so all the women clean their houses clean before performing puja.

Jhoti Chita (Rangoli)
After cleaning the house, the women make a beautiful Jhoti Chita. It is made from rice paste. A piece of cloth surrounded with a stick is used to create beautiful Jhotis. The women draw Jhotis in different shapes like flowers, mainly lotus flower and the feet of Mata Lakshmi.

Manda Pitha (Rice Dumpling)
Manda pitha, a steamed pancake, is prepared during some of the festivals including Manabasa Gurubar.

Khatuli, Mana
Khatuli is a low table, on which women spread newly harvested paddy grains for the puja. Then they fill the Mana with such grains and place it on the low table.

Maha Laxmi Purana
All the women read the Maha Laxmi Purana written by ancient poet Balaram Das while performing the puja. Without it, the puja is considered incomplete. In below we have mentioned the youtube url of purana.

Red and White combination saree
Women wear new sarees in the combination of white and red for the puja.

Hindu Odia married women usually perform this puja. It continues for four Thursdays in the month of Margasira.

Jai Maa Laxmi!

Related Information

Next Dates(2021)
Pratham: 25 November 2021Dwitiya Pali: 2 December 2021Trutiya Pali: 9 December 2021Sesha Pali: 16 December 2021
Frequency
Yearly / Annual
Duration
1 Days
Begins Tithi
Margashirsha Thursday
Ends Tithi
Margashirsha Thursday
Months
November / December / January
Reason
Cultivation and Harvesting Month
Celebrations
Fast, Bhajan-Kirtan, Path, Rangoli, New Dresses
Imp Places
MahaLakshmi Mandir, Home
Past Dates
Sesha Pali: 24 December 2020, Trutiya Pali: 17 December 2020, Dwitiya Pali: 10 December 2020, Pratham: 3 December 2020

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Next Dates 2021

Festival NameFestival Date
Pratham 25 November 2021
Dwitiya Pali 2 December 2021
Trutiya Pali 9 December 2021
Sesha Pali 16 December 2021
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