It occurred in 1641. The Raja again mustered support from Purushottama
Deva Gajapati of Khorda, and with his help came back and rebuilt Porahat. Paudi Devi was
duly reinstated. There is stories a to how the clue to the hiding place of Ma paudi used
to be written in a bamboo stick and was carried along for future identification.Now we
come to the story as to how Ma Paudi, the presiding deity of Singhbhum as well as the
family deity of the rulers of Singhbhum, came to have the taboo that radically restricted
the darshan of the deity, as indicated earlier.
It came about this way. Ma Paudi was being worshipped with great
veneration; but in the latter half of the 17th and the early part of the 18th centuries,
the Maharajas of Porahat began to patronize a form of Buddhism which was popularly known
in that part of the country as Bakali Dharma, and this led to a decline in the prestige as
well as puja of Ma Paudi.The public worship was neglected and even the image was thrown
away. It is devoutly believed that, owing to this neglect of Ma Paudi, the power and fame
of the Maharaja of Singhbhum, with Porahat as the capital, dwindled.
This was the period when the kingdom was reduced in size and from
14,000 component villages the number came down to a mere 500. This, is what the British
found when they first came in contact with Singhbhum. The story goes that an old woman
brought the image of Ma Paudi to Seraikella for selling it. The then Dewan of Seraikella
purchased the image as a toy for his daughter. That very night both Maharaja Abhiram Singh
of Seraikella and his Dewan Narahari had ai identical dream.