Bhubaneswar: The famous biennial Maa Budhi Thakurani Yatra, which was being held in Behrampur since March 29, concluded with the goddess’ Ghata (soul) moving from her parental house to in-laws’ in a grand procession late on Sunday night.
The Goddess stayed in her parental house at Deshi Behera Sahi for a total of 32 days before she moved to her permanent abode, located about one-and-a-half km away.
The temporary platform, where the Goddess was seated, witnessed heavy rush of devotees each evening. An ambience of spirituality was marked all around in the silk city due to the Maa Thakurani Yatra, which continued for as many as 32 days. Devotees lined up to have the glimpse of the Goddess at the temporary shelter. They officered prayers with earthen lamps and bhog and propitiated the mother.
The significance of the yatra is that the mother went on a move to Sahis (streets), the ritual called ‘Sahi Parikrama’, each evening during her stay on the temporary shelter.
A host of Kunjas (Mandaps of idols of gods and goddesses based on Hindu Purans) erected at Deshi Behera Sahi, Bada Bazaar and other nearby streets and folk arts were other attractions of the people. Apart from local residents, devotees from far and wide thronged the city to offer prayers to the Goddess and enjoy the yatra.
The Landa Besha (tonsured persons) procession and the Buddha Besha procession taken on different days too attracted people on the eve of concluding ceremony. The chanting of “Buddham Saranam Gachhami” created an ambience of serenity in the city on the day of Buddha Besha procession.
On Sunday night, the ghata (soul) of the mother moved in grand procession.