GAURIPUR, Aug 21 - Ma Manasa, the Goddess of snakes was worshipped at the historic Ma Manasa temple, Golakganj with a three-day programme from August 16 to 18 last.
On August 16, the idol of Ma Manasa was placed at the altar which was followed by Manasa kirtan. On August 17, puja rituals were performed and hundreds of devotees coming from the adjoining villages irrespective of caste and creed offered anjali by pouring milk and banana in a specified place arranged for the purpose. Prasad was later on distributed among the devotees present. Non-stop Manasa kirtan was the highlight of the celebration and troupes participated in the kirtanbased on Ma Manasa and Her stories as written in the Padma Purana. The non-stop kirtan ended in the morning of August 18.
It is worth mentioning that a large number of devotees from the Muslim community took part in the celebrations along with devotees from the Hindu religion in a very organised manner.