Manabasa Gurubar Lakshmi vrata is observed during gurubar or Thursdays in the month of Margasira.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Thursdays during Margashirsh Month (November – December) in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. This puja is performed to get Sukh, Shanti and Aishwarya – comfort, peace and prosperity.
Margasira month, also called as Margashirsha maas, is considered as the favorite month for Lord Vishnu and in Odisha it is an auspicious month to worship Lord Jagannath and his consort, Goddess Lakshmi. In 2012, the Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja dates are November 29, December 6, December 13, December 20 and December 27.
Lakshmi is worshipped with shodashopachar puja (16 steps of puja) and offered special naivedyam. On Margasira gurubar day, women clean their houses and keep them neat. They wake up early in the morning and perform ritual bath and start Lakshmi Puja. The procedure of Margashira Guruvara puja is same as Diwali Lakshmi Puja and Kojagari Lakshmi Puja.
Mahalakshmi puja is observed in the evening on the day. Devotees read the Mahalakshmi Vrat Katha and Mahalakshmi Mahatmya.
Sri Mahalakshmi Aarti and Mahalakshmi Naman Ashtak are chanted on the day.
Vidhi (Procedure) for Manabasa Gurubar Puja
Wash the floor and decorate it with jhoti painting of rice paste. On a low table (khatuli), spread some newly harvested paddy grains of white colour. Fill a mana (a measuring pot made of cane) with such grains and place it on the low table. Wash three betel nuts in turmeric water and place them on the mana. Decorate the place with vegetables, flowers and coloured cloth. Then invoke Mahalakshmi with lamp and incense and offer three offerings of meals in puja.”
Stotras Used in Manabasa Gurubar Puja
Trailokye poojite devi kamale vishnu ballabhe
Yatha twam susthira Krishne yatha bhaba mahee sthira
Iswari kamala Lakshmi chanchala sri haripriya
Dwadasaitani namani Lakshmi sampoojya yah pathet
Sthira lakshmi bhabe sya putra-darabhih saha.
Namaste sarva devanam baradasi haripriye
ya gati stvam prasannanam saame bhuyatvadacharnat.
Vishwa roopasya bharyasi padme padmalaye shubhe
Sadhhartah paahimam devi Mahalakshmi namostute
Vandeham dhanadatri Mahalakshmim devi namonamami.