The idol was recovered and, under the clearing of a bamboo tree, the first
puja and sacrifice were performed, as it used to be done in Rameswaram. This place is
called Banskata and the village is near Porahat. On the fourth day of the bright half of
Jeshtha, the deity was installed in the temple at Porahat. This took place during the
reign of King Achutya Singh I, the fourth in the dynasty, in the ninth year of the
Installed at Porahat, Paudi Devi or Ma Paudi became quickly the
presiding deity of the area. Bonai and Keonjhar, two adjoining feudatory States of Orissa,
soon came to be known as Paudio Bhuiya. The main festival in Sri Paudi Devi7s temple,
followed ever since, right up to the present day, is the Sohala Puja or a pujaperformed
with much ceremony continuously for sixteen days, beginning, from Jitua or Jimutavahana
Ashtami, in Bhadra, up to the Mahashtami preceding the great Dusarah festival in Aswin.
Sohala Puja is also performed in Sri Vimala Devi's temple at Puri and in Sri Biraja
Devi's temple at Jajpur in Orissa. It has been observed : "Since Ma Paudi came to
Singbhum, during the reign of Maharaja Kashiram Singh, she has not only been installed in
the temple at Porahat and later on in the temple at Seraikella, but she has also been
installed in the hearts of every citizen of Simhabhumi (the real old inhabitants).
Throughout the whole of Simhabhumi, Seraikella and Kharaswan there are Paudi-sthans
scattered over here and there.