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This festive is known as Khudurukuni or Khuda-rankuni. It means a girl begging for food. This festive is observed by unmarried girls. They do puja and fasting for their brother’s wealth, prosperity, and safety. In Bhadraba month every Sunday, this puja is held. In the morning girls do ” Balunka puja”. They create an idol in sand and worship that in the morning and in the evening they worship the idol of Maa Khudurukuni and sing the khudurukuni song. Girls of the same locality or friends meet at one place in the evening and prepare for this puja.
The story behind this fest is a girl named Tapoyi had 7 brothers. She was the youngest one. She had 7 sisters-in-law too. Being one girl child in family she was too much pampered. But her fate was turned when her father and mother left the world. After that, her brothers left home for doing business and trading by leaving her with her sisters-in-law. After this 7 sisters-in-law torchered her so much and didn’t give food to eat. Only her youngest sister-in-law was kind to her. This continues until Tapoyi worshiped Maa Mangala for her brothers to come back. Because 12 years before they went and there was no sign of them. Tapoyi was worried about her brothers and worshiped Maa Mangala for her brother’s safety. After this, her brother came and punished her 6 sisters-in-law and took care of her as before. In the end, everyone came to know that Tapoyi was an angel and born on earth as Tapoyi. They regret and from that day Tapoyi is worshiped as Khudurukuni. As she did puja for her brother to come back to this day girls do worship by seeking their brother’s prosperity.
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