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Jat (Jay-ti or Jwar)
As a kuldevi (lineage goddess), specific rituals are performed by the followers that emphasize the special relationtionship between a family and Shri Osiya Mataji on birth and wedding events. Both events involve the introduction of the new member of the family to Shri Osiya Mataji. A kuldevi is like a mother to the family. A mother protects her children. Similarly a kuldevi protect her children from tantra, mantra, bhoot, preth.

In the tonsure (mundan) ritual, a family introduces its sons to Shri Osiya Mataji. By giving hair to Shri Osiya Mataji, the maa is requested to accept him as her own children and protect him. In giving Jat or Jay-ti or Jwar, the newly wedded couple seeks Shri Osiya Mataji's blessings and the bride accepts Shri Osiya Mataji as her kuldevi.

A corner of the temple is reserved for tonsuring (mundan). There is crowd of barbers in the area. The tonsure ritual may vary from family to family, but the basic concept is same. The barber shaves all the hair on the child's head. The family then offers pooja to the goddess. The pujari performs the pooja and part of pooja samagri is returned back as prasad (offerings). The pujari places sandalwood paste on the child's shaved head. The barber is responsible for disposing of the cut hair. Some families seek Mandore's God Bheruji's blessing after the tonsure ritual, Gora Bheruji or Kala Bheruji which varies from family to family.

In giving Jat or Jay-ti or Jwar, a newlywed couple presents themselves to the goddess for her to witness the sacred transformation in the couple's status upon marriage. The dulha (groom) wear the safa (turban) and the dulhan (bride) wear her wedding dress. The dulhan and the dulha wear mod (tinsel crown) on their head. One end of dulhan's sari is tied to the end of the safa as in the wedding ceremony. The pujari performs the rest of the ritual. You will be asked to circle around the main shrine, bowing briefly to three enshrined devis, Sithala, Sachchiyay and Chamunda.

The customs mentioned above are family specific. If you are not sure about how to perform a particular ritual, check with your family elders or the pujari to avoid ashathana. Prasad for Jat is not to be taken out of Osiya.

There are various shops at the temple entrance for pooja samagri and prasad.
Vesh Pooja Thali
Vesh Pooja Thali

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