Manabasa Gurubar Lakshmi Puja or Margasir Lakshmi Vrat is observed on gurubar or Thursdays in Margasir (Margashirsha month). In 2018, Manabasa Gurubar dates are – November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20.
It is mainly observed in Odisha and the Coastal region of Andhra Pradesh (Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, etc.). Margasir month is highly auspicious to worship Lord Jagannath and his consort Goddess Lakshmi.
Women clean and decorate their houses prior to Thursdays in Margashir maas and prepare puja material for Lakshmi Puja. Lakshmi is worshipped with Shodasha upachar puja and offered special recipes as naivedyam.
The performer of the vrata will observe fasting. Manabasa Gurbar Lakshmi Puja procedure will be similar to Diwali Lakshmi Puja and Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja.
In 2017, Manabasa Gurubar dates were – November 9, November 16, November 23 and November 30.
In 2016, Manabasa Gurubar dates were – November 17, November 24, December 1 and December 8.