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Bihar Fair and Festival

Godhan is a woman's rite in which they make cow-dung figures of scorpions, snakes etc. and beat them. To the south of the Ganges, in Bhadon (August-September), the women fast for twenty-four hours and make cowdung figures of Ganesh and lay brambles (jhar jhur) in the court-yard, saying the words-

अपना करम भैया का धरम - झार झुर  घुसियावे,  an incantation which literally translated means, ' I cause my own fate and my brother's virtue to enter the bramble.' This incantation is supposed to benefit the speaker and her brother in some mysterious way. 

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