Bhubaneswar: Manabasa Gurubar Lakshmi Vrata is observed during gurubar or Thursdays in the month of Margasira. The first Thursday is being observed today.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Thursdays during Margashira Month (November – December) in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. This puja is performed to get comfort, peace, and prosperity.
On the eve of auspicious Thursday, women clean their homes and keep everything neat. Cleanliness is very much important in this puja. People believe that Goddess Lakshmi visits only the clean homes during this Puja. Women who observe this Vrat, wake up early in the morning and perform ritual bath. They draw special Rangoli designs (Laxmipaada Chita or the “foot of Laxmi”) to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
Mahalakshmi Puja is observed in the evening on the day. Devotees read the Mahalakshmi Vrat Katha and Mahalakshmi Mahatmya.
Mahalakshmi Aarti and Mahalakshmi Naman Ashtak are chanted on the day.
While goddess Lakshmi is worshipped throughout the year, she is worshipped with utmost devotion during Margasira month particularly on the Gurubaras known as Manabasa or Dhana-manakia gurubara. The worship derives its name from mana, an ancient measuring device in the State. It has an association with cultivation and harvesting which were once the main profession of the people.