POOJAS AND FESTIVALS
Thrice a day,
this Lord is worshipped by brahmins - first in the morning at 7 AM called
shodasopachari, next at noon and the last at 8 PM going by the name of
Panchopachari. Two more pujas are offered by Guruva caste at 5 AM and 4 PM, but
without naivedyas. Alankaras and pujas are also offered, adorning the image with
ornaments and ceremonial robes on important festival days, particularly during
Bhadrapada and Magha masas. For offering these pujas no fixed rates are fixed,
devotees offer according to their mite. This is another novel tradition here.
Vijayadasami, Somavathi and Ganesh Chaturthi are very important festivals,
celebrated on a grand scale, when the whole Ganeshopasaka community congregates
and participates lustily spending lacs, converting the township into Bhuloka
swarga. Indeed, it is deemed as the Bhuloka habitat of Mayureswar, and the best
of the three - the other two being Kailas in swarga, and Naga in patala. And
this exceeds the other two in splendour and glory; for, all his sports were
played here only. A visit convinces any. And belief lifts one and all.