Khodiyar Maa is the Hindu Goddess who first appeared in Roishala village, Vallabhipur district, Bhavnagar in AD.700.
Mamaniya Gadhavi was the best friend of the ruler of Roishala and the neighbouring area, Maharaj Shilbhadra. Mamaniya was an honest and clever man, therefore he had been appointed to the post of Rajgadhavi helping the King with governing issues and advising him with which decisions to take.
Unfortunately the ministers envied the relationship between the two friends, but could not reveal their hatred. Therefore, they decided to tell the matter to the Queen, explaining that Mamaniya doesn't have a child and this is inauspicious for the Queen to have one.
The next day, under the order of the Queen, the guards blocked the entrance to the castle for Mamaniya. The told him that he was inauspicious and men without children can't be allowed into the castle. Heartbroken he tried to swallow the humiliation after many years of friendship and selfless service.
Upon reaching home he discussed what had happened with his wife and then went to pray at the nearby Shiv temple. He performed Kamal Pooja demanding Shiva to grant him kids. However, Shiva is unmoved; Mamaniya is about to give his life away but is stopped by Shiva. Mamaniya was taken to Naglok (Patala) where Nagdev (King of Nagas) offered to give seven Nagputris (daughters) and one Nagputra (son) to Mamaniya. One of the daughters, Janbai, was Khodiyar Maa. After arranging eight cradles in the house, eight snakes slid into them and transformed into humans. Mamaniya's prayer had been answered.
Mamania celebrated the births and invited the whole village and the King. People knew that this wasn't normal and saw it as a miracle, however, those opposing Mamaniya claimed it was black magic. Later the king received some sweetmeats, brought by Mamaniya. The Kings ministers had poisoned them so it would look like the Gadhavi did it. Shilbhadra picked up the baby Janbai who blessed him while making the sweets disappear. Shilbhadra believed beyond a doubt that these babies where the result of black magic and ordered them to die. After locking them in iron boxes they were immersed into water. But the boxes started floating and therefore the babies were rescued.
The name Khodiyar Maa is derived from the story that follows: All the siblings were playing when a venomous snake bit Mehrak, Janbai's brother. Aaval, Janbai's sister, suggested that Ami (elixir of life) which was found in Naglok, could cure Mehrak. Janbai accepted the task and brought some Ami. However, on the way she hurt her foot but was rescued by a crocodile who escorted her on its back. When returning her siblings said "Khodati avechhe" (she is limping). From then onwards Janbai was known as Khodiayar Maa.
After performing these miracles people would carry the stories far and wide and people would come for her blessing. After that Khodiyar Maa was deeply connected with Ra Navghan of Junagadh. In AD. 1000 the Queen of Junagadh, who had been misguided by her advisers, performed black magic in hopes of a child. The black magic backfired and the evil did not let the Queen born the child. The Queen sought Khodiyar Maa help. She appeared and the child was born; Ra Navghan (he has a great story of his own).
When Ra Navghan used to go to battle he looked at his spear, a bird was there. This bird was Khodiyar Maa. Khodiyar Maa helped Navghan defeat Hamir Soomra after he had captured Jahal.
There are four main temples:
Article by Ravi Odedra