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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  
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MA PAUDI

Ma Paudi has been the symbol of unity. In the Calcutta University publi- cation of 1931 in the 'Anthropological Papers-New Series No. 2' by Tarak- chandra, Das, M.A., in 'The Bhumijas of Seraikella', the author write-, at page 39, 'Paori, a female deity, is annually worshipped once in the month of Jeshtha (May-June) and again in Ashadh (June-July) on any two clays fixed by the villagers according to their convenience. At every worship a clay image of a horse and another of elephant, in miniature form, are commonlypurchased from the potters and placed on the spot of worship and form interesting offerings.

'’This is a description of the worship of Paori as held in ordinary villages. But there is in addition to these, two important centres where the rite takes place with much more eclat. At Pauri Mel, near the town of Seraikella, the Goddess Paori is worshipped. Here once a year, on a particular day all the lease-holders of the State, whether Hindus or not, assemble with sacrificial animals and rice which they offer to the Goddess and partake of it at the place. At Aharbandh, at Karaikella, there is a large circular stone known as Paori, where, once a year, the tenants and lease-holders assemble and sacrifice animals which are eaten on the spot.

The above is a description of the ceremony festival of Nabanna, Bhajan or the Nua-khia Jantal, as it is locally called, when, on a fixed date after the Sukla Chaturthi of the month of Bhadra each year, the product of the new harvest is offered first to Ma Paudi at Pauri Mel near Seraikella. None in the whole ofSinghbhum will take new rice before it is thus offered to the Goddess.

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