Name of Festival : Mana Basa or Gurubara Osha
Major Territory of Celebration
Mana Basa or Gurubara Osha is celebrated in Orissa
Worship in Festival
In this festival People worship the Goddess Lakshmi
Manabasa Gurubar is the Oriya month. On the festival of Mana Basa or Gurubara Osha Oriya women worship the goddess Lakshmi ,the Goddess of wealth. On this day they wake up very early in the morning and clean the house with broom-sticks. It believed that goddess Lakshmi would never visit dirty house. They decorated their house with artistic Orissan alpana (called chita).
They made a pot of bamboo canes used in the olden days for measuring paddy (known as mana) is filled up to the brink with freshly harvested paddy. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi visits every house hold during the puja. Only the members of the family can partake of the oblations. Otherwise, goddess Lakshmi may leave the household of the worshipper.