Ever since that day, when the attempt to commit the theft of Sri Sri Ma
Paudi by the adopted son of the Porahat Maharaja was detected, the public has been
severely restricted from having the darshan of the deity. The Ruler did not arbitrarily
take this momentous decision. In a large convention of the people of Seraikella, the
Sardars, family members of the ruling house and the Ruler, it was decided that Ma Paudi
should remain mostly unseen and, by virtue of her unique sanctity, it was fondly believed
that the Mother, though unseen, will go on blessing her children.
Since then Ma Paudi has remained more or less a mystery. Taking of
photos of the image is still a taboo. Ma Paudi continues to exercise a remarkable spell on
the entire Porahat and Seraikella area as well as in other regions, and particularly on
the thousands of Santals, Kurmis, Bhuiyas, Bhumijs and Hos. Pauri Devi is the mother to
all the indigenous population of Singh- bhum. The passage of time and the vicissitudes of
fortune have taken away the crown from the Rajas of Porahat and Seraikella, but the
members of the former ruling families and the common folk are now united in their common
bond of veneration and worship of Ma Paudi.
It may be noted here that the remarkable spell exercised by Ma Paudi on the rulers and
ruled alike is amply demonstrated in the manner in which the Maharaja of Singhbhum tried
to gain possession of the image with the help of the British in 1820. It is a historical
fact that, after the Mahratta War, the policy of the Company's Government towards the
independent Indian States underwent considerable change, and consequently, there was a
desire to establish some kind of treaty relationship with the Indian States.