The story of “Manabasa Gurubar” teaches us against the evil practices of Untouchability in ancient society. It also stresses the importance of feminism and empowers the female power to not get suppressed by male hegemony.
The word Manabasa comes from two words Mana (a measuring unit to measure paddy in olden days) a pot made of
It’s also called “Margashira Masa Gurubara“; Gurubara is “Thursday” and Margashira is the month of “मार्गशीर्ष” in Hindi.
Legend of Manabasa Gurubar is based on the ancient scripture “Lakshmi Puran”. Since the untouchables were not allowed to pray, worship and do rituals to God in the ancient ages, this story teaches us against that practice.
At that time Shriya a woman from untouchables prays and wins over the support of Goddess Lakshmi, who then visited her home and had food cooked by her there. This angered Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Jagannath (Husband of Goddess Lakshmi). At the behest of Balarama, Jagannath drove Lakshmi out of their home because she ate at the house of an untouchable.
As Lakshmi moves out of Jagannath’s house, both Jagannath and Balram undergo immense suffering, even they have to starve without shelter, water
This unique story highlights the fact that for God everyone is equal.
The story not only motivates against Castism but also highlights Women Empowerment.
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