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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MA PAUDI

Raja Bikram Singh of Seraikella had a couple of spurious images of Ma Paudi secretly prepared and it was these fake images that were made over to the Raja of Porahat. It is said that the Rani of Bikram Singh was waiting on the brink of a large octagonal well, with the real image of Ma Paudi tied to her neck, ready to leap into the well for self-immolation if the fraud was detected.

The secret could not, however, remain a secret for long. After a while the Maharaja of Porahat came to know that he had been duped and he threw away the image he had taken on the banks of the river Sanjai. This image was picked up and installed at the house of the Zamindar of Icha, a scion of the Seraikella family. The image is still there. The darshan of this image is unrestricted.

The renewed protests and requests of the Porahat Raj to the British Government for restoring the real image were said to have been turned down by the later British administrators. A number of mysterious stories woven round Ma Paudi are current today. One of them is that Seraikella Raj always used to keep apart a white horse specially earmarked for Ma Paudi. No one would ride the horse. Well harnessed with gold and silver tassels, it led royal processions on occasions like Dusserah, Sunia, and the Makar festivals. It was also taken out in procession, with music, on Ashwa Panchami Day. It is said that the -room would find the horse in the morning foaming and frothing as if ridden in the night.

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