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Goddess Bhulabai In Maharashtra

Goddess Bhulabai is worshipped in certain particular regions of Maharashtra. She is the name given to Goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva, in Marathi folklore and spiritual stories. Bhulabhai is also known as Bhuloji. The two names are referred to in various folk songs and each stanza carries either of the two names.

Young girls and middle-aged women assemble and sing and dance to the folk songs dedicated to Goddess Bhulabai in the month of Ashwin – from Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dashami tithi (Dasara) to Purnima (Kojagari Lakshmi Purnima and Sharad Purnima).

The folk songs are a sociological record of the society the women grow and deal with. Their trials and tribulations, their joys and sorrows and expressed through the songs. Goddess Parvati leads a married life and her problems with her spouse and her joy are expressed in the songs. The women compare their life to that of Goddess Parvati who had to live a husband who roamed around the world carefree.

The songs are also part of the Bhondla dance.