Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ban Mata Ji


Ban Mata Ji



Ban Mata Ji, guardian goddess of Mewar, inter alia, the Mewari thikanas of Bansi, Amet, Kurabar, Kanor, Begum, and Salumbar.

The kuldevi for the Sisodiyas used to be Amba Mata. Then, when the Sisodiyas were at Chitor, the kuldevi became Kalika Mata. There is still a temple for her there now. Later, when the king conquered Gujarat, he demanded a Gujarati princess in marriage. That princess had always wanted to marry the Sisodiya king. She had even sent him a letter telling him that. Her kuldevi , Ban Mata, had determined to help her accomplish this aim. After the conquest, the marriage occurred. When the princess left for her new home, Ban Mata came with her in the form of a pendant. That is how Ban Mata left Girnar (though there is still a temple for her there) and came here.

A second account is not so much a variation as another etymology, one that states a homology between the Sanskritic goddess Durga and the kuldevi .

The Sisodiyas used to worship Durga, Mata Ji. Banasur was a demon who fought with Mata Ji. She conquered him. From then on she was called Ban Mata.

The name Ban was pronounced and written in many different ways: Ban, Baen, Bayan, Byan, and Vyana. Written sources tend to prefer Bayan, but informants usually spelled out Ban when I asked them to spell their kuldevi 's name.

The antecedents of Ban Mata are vague. Amba and Kalika are Sanskritic epithets and so do not characterize these goddesses as discrete local incarnations. As we shall see, these stories refer to a kuldevi preceding the appearance of Ban Mata but give her no specific local name or identity. There is a Kalika Mandir at Chitor.

Tod identifies the king as Bappa Rawal and the bride as the daughter of Esupgole, prince of the island of Bunderdhiva (Annals and Antiquities 1:197). Another narrated variant identified Ban Mata as the daughter of a Caran in the village of Khod; Hamir, the great Sisodiya leader, heard of her powers, worshiped her, and asked her blessing in his attempt to reclaim Chitor from the Moghals. She aided him and he installed her as Sisodiya deity. This variant places the adoption of Ban Mata just after the Sisodiya line of Guhils came to the throne rather than after the Guhils first won Chitor, as Tod's variant has it.

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8 comments:

prem singh said...

i want to actual add of ban mata temple

Amardeep Sisodia said...

Their is a temple of Ban mata at chittorgarh fort.

thousand splendid suns... said...

Recently my uncle informed us about Ban Mata being our Kul Devi. We are Rane from Sawantwadi, Maharashtra, although settled in Mumbai now. They say we were from Rajasthan and some hundreds of years ago our ancestors relocated to Maharashtra. May be the name Rane is also evolved from "Rana". There is a book written about the history of Rane and I am looking forward to reading it.
I am planning to visit the Ban Mata Temple in Chittorgarh with my family this December to offer prayers and seek Her blessings. I cam across your blog while i was looking for directions to get there. Thank you for the information. It is great help! :)

Regards,
Leena

Hirnakshi said...

Ban mata is my kul devi too. Unfortunately our ancestors settled in maharashtra and remembered little about our traditions. Is there any specific prayer one says for Ban Mata? If possible there must be a bhajan or chalisa ...if I can get the words I would be grateful.

Hemendra Singh said...

MAA BAYAN is my KULDEVI nd we used to go the chhitorgarh in every navararti to take the bless of godess kuldevi maa Bayan. The Royal MAJAWAT family organise the big event at SALUMBER for ALL SISOD VANSHAJ RAJPUTS in every NAVAMI of navaratri.. so Hey MAA tere vansh ko hamesha sabse upar rkhana aur un par apni kripa barsaye rkhna.. ***JAY MAA BAYAN*** BY- Hemendra Singh Majawat

aarav kavita said...

It's great

govind gehlot said...

ban mataji Sisodiya gehlot ki kuldevi hai or sabhi sisodiya ko malum nahi ki hamari kuldevi ban mataji brahmani mataji hai
so please sabhi ko inform karo ki

maharana chittor said...

Ban mata , the goddess of sisodia rajputs. And chittorgarh fort have great temple dedicated to ban mata - get more information here - http://www.greatchittorgarh.com/annapurna-mata-and-ban-mata-temples/