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Khodiyar temple, named after the principle deity, venerated by the royal family and the natives around, was built in the year 1911. The temple visited by thousands of pilgrims is located on the banks of the Khodiayar Lake, which attracts tourists from all the surrounding areas. Quite often followers of the goddess walk long distances to revere the goddess.
Mataji Darshan Time : 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Arti of Mataji is carried out regularly Every Day at about 5:30 a.m.in morning and suitable evening time according to calender. In purnima and every sunday Arti of Mataji is carried out at about 5:00 a.m morning and evening time depend on calendar
Khodiyar Mandir has achieved a global presence. Every year the temple sees devotees of Khodiyar Ma traverse long distances to visit her shrine. Due to this high rush of pilgrims, the Trust has started 2 Dharamshalas within the temple premises for the goddess’s devotees. Both the Dharamshalas have 4 large halls, which can accommodate a total of 100 beds, for the tariff Rs. 50 per bed.
Maharaja Wakhatsinghji Gohil ruled the state of Bhavnagar from 1748 to 1816. He was a devout follower of Khodiyar Ma and often visited the shrine at Mandel. There he prayed to the goddess to bring her holy presence to Sihor- the capital of Bhavnagar state. Khodiyar Ma agreed and told him to lead the way, only on the condition that he doesn’t turn around and check if she is following. Wakhatsinghji walked on, until he reached a place right before Sihor. There he turned around to check for Khodiyar Ma, who said she would walk no further for he had looked. Mataji and her sisters decided to set base there. This place was Rajpara, which became the shrine of Khodiyar Ma.
How to get there
By road: State transport buses and private luxury coaches gives an easy connectivity to Bhavnagar. It is situated 791 kms. from Mumbai via Ahmedabad and 200 kms. from Ahmedabad via the State Highway.
By rail: It is on the Western Railway Line. It is 777 kms. from Mumbai via Ahmedabad.
By air: Various domestic airlines connect Bhavnagar with Mumbai and Ahmedabad.