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Kuldevs - Maher Kuldevi Tradition

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The kuldevi has a crucial role in the religious lives of Maher men and women: she is the foremost divine guardian of their fortune and honour. Many of the myths that recount the miraculous deeds she performs as guardian not only make wonderful reading they abound in romance, intrigue, danger, and conquest they also give access to the worldview of Maher women.

A goddess begins her career as a kuldevi when she becomes incarnate at a critical point in time in order to rescue an endangered group of Maher whom she judges worthy of her protection. In most cases she reveals herself to their leader and inspires him to surmount whatever problems he and his followers face. Afterward she helps him establish a kingdom, at which point he and his relatives become the founders of a kinship branch (kul or shakh ) with a discrete political identity. Later the kuldevi intermittently manifests her presence by helping the group overcome other military and political crises. These manifestations are celebrated in myths chronicling the origins and early achievements of the Maher groups that kuldevis protect.

Because when a woman marries she loses membership in her father's kul and becomes a member of her husband's  kul , she is expected to worship the kuldevi who protects its members. Thus, the very first thing a bride must do when she enters her husband's household is to give respect (dhok ) to her new kuldevi . This is a caste norm; every Maher must loyally propitiate the kuldevi who has accompanied the family's kul into battle.

Maher Surnames and their Kuldevs, Gotra, Vansh, Isthtadev, Gor and Barot

Surname Bhaiyat
Gotra VanshIshtadev Kuldevi Gor Barot
Keshwala Antrolia, Bheynia, Ratadia,Butta, Erda, BagordaraKashyap SuryavanshiRamchandraKhodiyar Mataji
Shri Vindhyavasini Aai
Girnara Brahmin
Sonrat
Sisodia Modhwadia, Kuchhadia, Khistriya, Godhania, Ranavaya, Hadadiya, PashtariyaKashyap SuryavanshiRamchandra Shri Vindhyavasini Aai Shri Chamundai Shri Gatran Aai Shri Sikotar Aai
Thanki Brahmin
Rehnuka
Rajsakha/ Jethwa
Karavadra, Khunti, Tilak, Gorania, Chundavadra, Jethwa, Surya, Jog, Modedra, Selot, Selar, Pariya- (Bhosiya) BokhiriaAashtangSuryavanshi  Shri Vindhyavasini Aai
Shri Chamundai
 Joshi BrahminBrahbhat
Odedra Moraji, Fatiya, Butad, Mokhra, Matra, Miya, Raha, Jagshana, Arjanka, Hathla, Visana, Okhai, Mepana, Dhundhana, Hemara, Devana, Balar, Jasana, Lala, Mokhariya, Asde, Vajpa, Ji, Tukadiya ChandravanshiGorakhnath
Vachhada Dada, Patha Pir
Shri Sikoter Mataji
Chamunda/ Balvi
Joshi Brahmin
Sonrat
Jadeja / Kishore
Kadchha, Ratiya, Tarkhala, Kadegiya, Pipraniya, Mekhadiya, Kulranmiya Atri
Samved
ChandravanshiAshapuri Ambaji, Kandhali Aai, Ashapura Ma

 

Girnara Brahmin
Lagdhir
Solanki (Vaghela)
Timba, Samja, Vadaliya, Jakhniya, Bhanvadiya, Chabhhad, Divraniya, Bhogesra, Juneja, Gariyana, Sida, ChhayaAtri Chandravanshi  Shri Shikoter Mataji
Joshi BrahminBrahbhat
Parmar Mahiyaria, Chatraviya, Liboriya, Kahaliya, Kotadiya, Jilaniya, Mosa, Mandera, Pata, Gorsera, Badeja, ChandelaGautam Rushi Agnivanshi  Simiyar - Mandvari
Shri Maha Kali, Shri Mandavadi Aai
Girnara Brahmin
Sonrat
Vadher/ Rathod
Sharma, Sutreja, Sindhal, Padodariya, Chandesha, Dasa,Pandavadariya, Chanrodariya,Mahikya Kashyap

 

Suryavanshi  Shri Khodiyar Aai

Shri Gatran Aai

Girnara Brahmin
Sonrat
Vada Muliyashiya, Khimdaniya, Bapodra-(Mashani) Amar, Agath, Mihikiya, Timmasiya, Bhetakiya Kashyap Suryavanshi 

Visant Mataji
Shri Vindhyavasini Aai
Chamunda Ma
Vihot Ma

Joshi BrahminBrahbhat
Chavda Navadiya, Kothvada, Kothadiya, PadorodiyaKashyap Suryavanshi  Shri Harshad Aai Joshi BrahminBrahbhat
Chauhan Gareja
 Agnivashi  Shapurna mataj
Shri Chamuda Mataji
Joshi BrahminBrahbhat
Vadar Nandaniya, Nakura, Badhsa, Hilla, Jasiya, Bamaniya Chandravanshi  Shri Chamuda Mataji Joshi BrahminBrahbhat
Parihar Thapaliya Agnivashi  Shri Chamuda Mataji Joshi BrahminSonrat
Vagh (Chudasama)
Bhalejia, Gorejiya Atri
Chandravanshi  Shri Amba Mataji
Shri Khodiyar Mataji
Joshi BrahminSonrat

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