Birth of Mataji
Ravi Randal Mataji is the Daughter of Lord Vishwakarma. As Randal Mataji grew older, Lord Suryanarayan caught a glimpse of her went crazy behind her. He went directly to her father Lord Vishwakarma and placed a proposal of marriage with his Daughter. But Lord Vishwakarma strongly rejected the proposal.
Once Mother of Randal Mataji went to the house of Lord Suryanarayan to borrow a baking plate made of clay. Lord Suryanarayan’s mother gave the plate on a condition that it should not break. If the plate breaks she will demand the hand of her daughter for Lord Suryanarayan.
Lord Suryanarayan used a trick. She was carrying it by her horse. Lord Suryanarayan made two bulls fight in her way. Somehow the plate fall down and got broken. As per the promise Randal Mataji’s mother had to marry her daughter to Lord Suryanarayan.
So due to this trick of Lord Suryanarayan got what he wanted that is he married Randal Mataji and from here the story starts.
Randal Mataji gave birth to a son (Yamraj) and a daughter (Yamunaji). Due to the extreme shine of Suryanarayan Randal Mataji wasn't able to look at him. Lord Suryanarayan doubted that Randal Mataji was proud of her beauty and just because of that she was not looking towards him. Hence, He gave curse that her children (Yamraj and Yamunaji) will suffer by roaming in jungle.
Due to the terror of Lord Suryanarayan, Randal Mataji replaced herself with her shadow-image, to take care of Lord Suryanarayan and she went to her father's place. When Vishwakarma asked Randal Mataji that why she is not going back to her home, she replied that she left Lord Suryanarayan & came back. Vishwakarma didn’t support her, and said that; after marriage daughter's right place is her husband's house. Randal Mataji left her father's house also and went into jungle. She converted herself to a horsess and prayed for 14,000 years. [One day of her prayer was about 1 year of ours].
Tap in Jungle
Randal Mataji had now no way since she can't go to her husband and her father also won't let her to live there. So he had only way that was to go to jungle and do Tap (-meditation to reach god). Hence she left her father's house also and went into jungle. She converted herself to a horses and prayed for 14,000 years. [One day of her prayer was about 1 year of ours].
Mean while Mataji's shadow-image, which she left with Lord Suryanarayan gave birth to two children (Sanidev and Tapidevi). Yamraj and Sanidev had a quarrel, so Sanidev's mother gave curse to Yamraj that he will bleed whenever, he'll put his legs on land. In the evening, when Lord Suryanarayan came back, Yamraj told him that mother gave him a curse that he’s bleeding whenever; he'll put his legs on land.
Lord Suryanarayan made Yamraj well, but Lord Suryanarayan felt that a mother wouldn’t give curse to her children and even if she gives her children wouldn’t suffer. Because of this reason he felt that something is wrong. He called shadow-image of Randal Mataji and asked what’s the truth. The image was going on telling that she is Mataji. Lord Suryanarayan wasn't agreeing to accept that and strongly asked to say the truth else he would burn her to ashes. Due to this she had to tell the truth. Then after Lord Suryanarayan inquired Randal Mataji at Lord Vishwakarma's house. But Vishwakarma said that Randal Mataji left his house.
After so many inquires, no one was able to answer about where Randal Mataji was. Lord Suryanarayan took meditation and saw where Randal Mataji was. He converted himself to a horse and went to place where Randal Mataji was praying. He broke her prayer and asked the reason behind the prayer. She answered that she was not able to look at him his shine. Suryanarayan was surprised to hear this and to meet this and make his shine dim He gave his 1/4 shine to different places. He divided his 1/4 shine to four different places equally.
- Trident (a three-pointed weapon) of Lord Shiva
- Sudarshan chakra of Lord Vishnu
The return of Mataji from Jungle
During that period, Randal Mataji gave birth to two more children called Ashwini kumars. Ashwini kumars were the Ayurvedic Doctor of gods.
Lord Suryanarayan brought Randal Mataji back to his house. At that time shadow-image of Randal Mataji asked Mataji to do something for her. Randal Mataji gave promise to her that when any person will do 'Lotas' (a rituals done by Hindus after fulfilling their Lopes) will always be in pairs, i.e., one for Randal Mataji and one for her shadow-image. Lord Suryanarayan promised that during ‘Lotas’ he would be there in the form of horse. Unless and until the activity called 'Ghodo Khundavo' is not completed the ritual is not completed successfully.
Lord Suryanarayan asked Randal Mataji to go to 'Mrityu Lok' (earth) and rescue the lives of people from anti-social elements and show them the path of religion and truth.
Mrityulok (The Earth)
It was hard to go on earth in her original form. So she had to find some other alternative. Hence Mataji took the form of child and sat under a tree without making any sort of noise like a dumb. That was the time of famine in Gujarat and Saurashtra. So the shepherds of Maldhari (a tribe) were roaming here and there for fodder to serve there cattle. One of the shepherds saw that child under the tree. He went to that child and asked her who was she? And why she was alone in jungle? Who kept her there? Mataji didn’t spoke anything but answered by making expressions that she was dumb and alone. Maldhari felt pity on her and took her with them. They named her ‘Randal’ as she was found in desert.
The wife of Maldhari took care of her as her own daughter. As Mataji was with Maldhari, famine was over and rain was in plenty. Many people in the family of Maldhari were lame, blind, and leprous. Mataji cured them and made them healthy. Maldhari people were not able to identify her.
Once Maldhari made camp near Vasavadi river. At the bank of this river there was a city named Dhutarpur was situated (which later was renamed as Vasavad.). Servants of King were taking Milk, curd etc from Maldharis. Randal Mataji showed herself as teenager girl of 16 years to them. Her beauty amazed the servants so they praised the beauty of Randal Mataji in front of king. On hearing this king got crazy about her. King went to the camp and asked for the beautiful girl of 16 years in the group. But Maldharis were surprised to hear this since Randal Mataji was in the form of child with them. King thought that Maldharis didn’t want to give the girl and hence he ordered his soldiers to kill everyone in the group. The soldiers started killing the people very cruelly. At that time Randal Mataji couldn’t control herself. She Became angry. So she put her hand on a cow and converted to a lion. She sat on the back of lion started killing the soldiers.
King and other people realized there mistake and got that she is none other than goddess Jagdamba! They bowed down before her and requested that they did not know the real truth and begged to forgive them. Mataji calmed down and gave life to dead soldiers. Because of this fight the place got the name ‘Dadva’.
Randal Mataji blessed Maldharis and warned and took promise from king that he will not repeat the mistake in future. Randal Mataji gave place in heaven to Maldhari and disappeared. The People started praying Randal Mataji from them.