Paudi appeared before them and commanded that she should be installed in a temple inside
the palace. She was brought to the place on the Jeshtha Sukla Chaturthi and installed.
This day is celebrated as her birthday and there is a special jantal (congregation and
worship). There is another version of the Jeshtha jantal, which is also known as dhulia
jantal. It is said that Maharaja Abhiram Singh was on a pilgrimage to Ganga Sagar and his
ship was wrecked. He offered prayers to Ma Paudi in all humility and was saved.
Immediately on his return to Seraikella and
even without washing his feet (dhulia means dusty) he performed the jantal puja of Sri Ma
Paudi. It is a historical fact that, since the installation of Ma Paudi at Seraikella, the
power and prestige of Seraikella Raj went on increasing. This caused a good deal of
jealousy in the minds of the Maharajas of Porahat where Ma Paudi had been installed
before. Jagannath Singh, one of the Maharajas of Porahat, was without any son. He had
adopted a son of Abhiram Singh, the Raja of Seraikella. The adopted boy had intimate
knowledge of -the secret places of Seraikella palace.
The boy was sent by Raja Jagannath Singh to
Seraikella palace to steal away the image of Sri Sri Ma Paudi and, if need be, even to
kill his own natural father for the purpose. The boy was, however, caught red-handed and
the conspiracy was nipped in the bud. * There was another attempt to get the image of Ma
Paudi through the good offices of the British, when the Maharaja entered into treaty
relationship with them in 1820. But this attempt was also foiled. So there was a keen
competition between the Rajas of Porahat and Seraikella for the possession of the image of