Ashapura Mata
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Murti of the deity
Venerated inShaktism

Ashapura Mata is an aspect of Devi, a Hindu goddess. She is one of the kuladevis of Kutch, and the Jadeja clan inhabiting the area. She is a goddess regarded to fulfill the wishes of her adherents. In her iconography, the goddess is said to have 7 pairs of eyes.[1]

Her temples are mainly found in Rajasthan and Gujarat. She is considered to be an expansion of goddess Shakambhari Devi.


She is a kuladevi of numerous communities in Gujarat.


She is the kuladevi of Kutchi Jadeja Rajputs, Bhanushali, Gosar & Poladia community. The Patels of charotar in piplav also worships ashapuri mata as kuldevi.

Central Gujarat

Chauhan, Baria Rajputs like Purabia Chouhans also worship her as a kuladevi. The Deora Rajputs also worship her as their kuladevi. The Brahmin communities like Billore, Gaur Lata Thanki, Pandit and Dave Pushkarna, Sompura Salat also worship her as a kuladevi. The Vaishya community Vijayvargiya worships her. The Brahma Kshatri caste worships her as their kuladevi.

South Gujarat

The Lohanas worship her as their kuladevi.


The Lohanas worship her as their kuladevi.

Sindhis like the Khichda group, worship Ashapura Mata as their kuladevi. In Gujarat Junaghad, Devchandani Parivar worship her as kuladevi, where her temple is located beside Uparkot.


As said earlier, the main and original temple of Ashapura Mata, is located at Mata no Madh in Kutch, where she is worshiped as kuladevi of Jadeja rulers of Kutch and main guardian deity of region.[2][3] The original temple located 80 km from Bhuj, and apparently thousands of years old was renovated around 1300 AD by Karad Vanias, who were ministers in court of Lakho Fulani, ruler of Kutch. The deity was later adapted as kuladevi by Jadeja rulers, when they won battles, with her blessings.[3] Every year at Navratri annual fair at Mata no Madh, lakhs of devotees turn up to pay their respects to the goddess form all over Gujarat and even Mumbai.[4] Another temple is also at Bhuj, located within fortified town, which was originally capital of Kingdom of Kutch.

Her temples are also found in other Jadeja domains of Rajkot, Jasdan,[5] Morbi, Gondal, Jamnagar,[6] Ghumli,[6] where the Jadejas, who migrated from Kutch, built her temples and installed her as clan deity.[3][7][8]

In Ghumli, in the Barda hills, Gujarat, this is when Maa Shakti kills a demon on request of a Sati and she request Maa too reside on the hills and named her Maa Ashapura. This is the First temple of Mataji. Maa Ashapura is still heard and also hears Maa's lion's roar.

Ashapura Mataji's temple is in the Gadhkada village in Amreli district. Every 1st day of Navratri, lot of people come there for Mataji's Yagna.

In Rajasthan, her temples are in Pokhran, Modran and Nadol. In Mumbai also there is a famous temple of Ashapura Mata.

In Bangalore, there is a temple dedicated to her named "Sh. Ashapura Mataji Mandir" that is located near Bannerghatta National Park.

In Pune, there is temple near Gangadham on Katraj Kondhwa Road. In Thane also a famous Ashapura Temple located near Kapurvadi.

See also


  1. ^ Neve, Geert de; Donner, Henrike (24 January 2007). The Meaning of the Local: Politics of Place in Urban India. CRC Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-1-135-39216-1.
  2. ^ Kutch in festival and custom By K. S. Dilipsinh.
  3. ^ a b c From Bhuj, the capital of erstwhile state of Kutch, about 80 km to the north is the temple of Ma Ashapura at Mata no Madh. It has become a live symbol of faith of people of Kutch in the last 600 years.
  4. ^ People turn up in lakhs at Mata no Madh in Kutch Archived 16 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ a b Jamnagar
  7. ^ Bhuj
  8. ^ "The Goddess 'Ashapura' is not only the family holy being of the rulers of Kutch, but also the family deity of all the branches of Jadeja in Saurashtra. The temple of Ashapura is open for all irrespective of caste, belief or religion". Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.