Khodiyar Mata temple is situated in Rajkot at a distance of 4 kilometers from Sihor and 15 kilometer from Bhavnagar which is located in Gujarat. Khodiyar Mata of Gujarat stands on 36 pillars, which maintain the mandap. The mandap is the middle formation, where the main deity of the temple is located. The presiding diety of this holy place is the ancestral Goddess of Bhavnagar.
Khodiyar Mata temple is most famous in Bhavnagar. Around the holy place there is nice attractive beauty, and also a crystal plain lake, visitors never miss to have its tranquility.
Khodiyar Maa is the Hindu goddess who materializes in the story of Mamaniya Gadhvi in about 700 AD. Mamaniya Gadhvi had a excellent relationship with the then ruler – Maharaj Shilbhadra. The ruler’s minister envied this excellent relationship and arranged a system to get rid of Mamaniya Gadhvi. They were not very successful to influence the ruler, but they succeeded in persuading the ruler’s wife. One day the doorkeepers did not let him go into the palace.
Mamaniya asked for the cause. He was told that a childless man is not appeal of the king’s existence. Mamaniya returned home and required to invite Lord Shiva for help. While Lord Shiva did not show, he sure to give his life away as a finishing sacrifices. Presently while he was about to make it, Lord Shiva appeared, he resolute to give his life away as a last sacrifice. Now when he was about to make it, Lord Shiva appear and took him to the Snake Kingdom – Naglok to perceive the king of Snakes – Nagdev. Behind inquiry his is legend full of humiliation, the Nagdev’s daughters resolute to help too.
When Mamaniya came home, with his wife he organized, as advised by the Nagdev’s daughters, eight cradles in belief of a huge incident. One day eight snakes crawled into the house and Mamaniya had swiftly seven daughters and one son. One of the daughters was khodiyar Maa. Behind presentation many amazing powers, citizens believe her to be goddess and has temples and memorial too.
Temple of Khodiyar Mata