Jasma Odan

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Jasma Odan is a legendary character and folk deity from medieval Gujarat in India.


Jasma was a wife of Rooda who was a pond digger. They belonged to the Odh tribe. They were at Anhilwad Patan to dig Sahastralinga Tank, a lake and thousand shrines with lingam. Siddhraj Jaisinh, a king of Chaulukya dynasty, was captivated by the beauty of Jasma and proposed marriage. He offered to make her queen of Gujarat but she refused. Siddhraj Jaisinh killed her husband. She committed sati (suicide), by jumping into the pyre, to protect her honour. Her curse made the tank of Sahastralinga Tank waterless and Siddhraj without an heir to his kingdom of Gujarat.[1][2]

Jasma devi temple dedicated to her was constructed by the Od tribe in 12th century is situated near Sahastralinga Tank at Patan, Gujarat.

Popular culture[edit]

A Bhavai vesha, a folk theatre form, based on legend is performed since nineteenth century.[3] It was recreated for stage performance titled Jasma Odan was by Shanta Gandhi in 1982.[4] A film titled Sati Jasma Odan was produced in 1976 by Chandrakant Sanghani in Gujarati.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bharati Ray; Swati Joshi (2009). Different Types of History. Pearson Education India. pp. 374–. ISBN 978-81-317-1818-6. 
  2. ^ Bharati Ray (4 October 2005). Women of India: Colonial and Post-colonial Periods. SAGE Publications. pp. 527–. ISBN 978-0-7619-3409-7. 
  3. ^ Manohar Laxman Varadpande (1992). History of Indian Theatre. Abhinav Publications. pp. 174–. ISBN 978-81-7017-278-9. 
  4. ^ Vasudha Dalmia; Rashmi Sadana (5 April 2012). The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture. Cambridge University Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-1-139-82546-7. 
  5. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. pp. 11–. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.