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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
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Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
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MA PAUDI

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 Gajapati Era.

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.

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