Pabuji is a popular folk-deity of Rajasthan. He was a Rajput prince and was born in 14th century. His father, Dhadal Rathore, was from kolu village.
Pabuji is widely worshipped as a folk-deity capable of protecting against ill fortune.
Pabuji was not born from the Dhadal wife but from a celestial nymph. It is said that when his mother died, she promised him to come again in the form of a mare for him to ride.
His First Exploit
When khinchis were crossing their borders Papuji fought with them bravely and won. It was his first exploit. Jindrav khichi’s father was killed there.
Later to avoid the war Pabuji and Buro gave their sister to Khinchis in marriage. Even after this, JindravÂ remained hostile, and his hostility was brought to a head when Pabuji secured from the Caran lady Deval (an incarnation of the Goddess) the fine black mare Kesar Kalami, on whom Khici had set his heart. The mare was Pabuji’s mother, who returned to him. In exchange for the mare, Pabuji promised to protect Deval from Khinchi’s raids.
Later Pabuji also overthrew Mirza Khan, the cow-killing king of Patan.
It is said that Pabuji was saved by the snake God Gogo Chauhan when he went to bathe in the holy lake of Pushkar to cleanse himself of the sin of bloodshed.
Priest Singers of Pabuji
Pabuji achieved sufficient prestige as a god to warrant the constructions of pieces of architecture. Bhopa community in Rajasthan are considered to be priest singers of Pabuji.
They depict the story of Pabuji on canvas and recite it to the public through religious songs. This painted canvas is called Phad. The Phad is a 30 feet long sheet on which are painted (or sewn) miniature scenes depicting the life of Pabuji on which his adventures are narrated.