Bhuwal Mata, a lok deity of Rajasthan, is mainly worshiped by Jains. She is considered as the Kuldevi of Chajjer clan of Jains.
In 1964, Shushila Devi (one of saint of Chajjer clan) was not recovering from illness. When Dr. B.L ChajjerÂ asked the reason for that, she told that Bhuwal Mata will come and everything will be well in Chajjer clan. Saint Shushila Devi remained bare foot for 15 months and worshiped Bhuwal Mata.
In 1969 Bhuwal Mataâ€™s priest told Shushila Devi to reconstruct the temple of Bhuwal Mataâ€™s temple. The task was completed by help of 1250 house members from Chajjer clan within 24 hrs. The temple was at Khedgarh which is now known as Tilwara. It is located at 15 km from Balotra, an important city in the district Barmer of Rajasthan.
It is said that the footprints of Bhuwal Mata are still worshiped at Khed.
Incident during Construction of Temple
The same temple was reconstructed in Birhami village of Rajasthan near Jodhpur. Several attempts were made to construct the temple but due to some unknown presence partly constructed temple walls used to fall the same night. No one could answer the reason for falling walls.
Finally Sushila Ben Chajjer, a staunch follower and committed devotee of Bhuwal Mata, suggested that the temple should be constructed in single day without stoppage of work. Accordingly on 07.04.1976 the construction was started and completed on 08.04.1976.
Bhuwal Mata’s fair
A huge fair is held every year during Navrati in which Jains, especially Chajjer, participate from all over India and abroad. The fair is held at Birhami or Birami village of Rajasthan near Jodhpur. It is about 30 km south-east of Jodhpur.
How to worship Bhuwal Mata
The worship of Bhuwal Mata can be done in a very simple way. One must have taken bath before entering into temple and should also wear clean clothes. One may offer dry coconut in hawan or yajna.