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Jai Mahakali (1979)

  • Release Date1979
  • GenreMythological
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageGujarati
  • Run Time135 min
  • Length4136.14 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-87878-MUM
  • Certificate Date08/08/1978

Reverential devotion tempered with absolute faith in Divinity is the ambrosia of life. The Supreme mother, Mahakali, never foresakes her devotes and bestows on them her faithful blessings for their devotion. The virtuous philonthrophist Maharaj Vikram had to bear the brunt of this test.

Shanidev tries to beguile him to foresake his devotion of Mahakali, but he refuses thus inviting his wrath for seven and a half years.

Having been divested of his Kingdome he roams in the wilderness of the world. Wherever he works the people become rich and prosperous but misfortune stalks him incessantly.

While wandering like that he happens to meet the princess of Trambavati. He marries her and begets a son. But due to the vengeance of Shanidev he has to bear the pangs of separation from his wife and son and also face the ignominy of larceny in reprisal of which his hands and legs are amputated. Such tortures and suffering could not deviate him from the path of devotion and sacrifice for the well being of his people. 

Due to the evil spell of Shanidev the water of Sanjivani Kund vanishes. This can only be restored when a person sacrifices his own son with his own hands. This puts Vikram in a predicament. How can a person sacrifice his own son, that too with his own hands. His devotion to Mahakali is pitched against the wrath of Shanidev. How the devotion triumphs over the forces of evil and devotee attains blissfulness? The unfolding of such dramatic and breath taking events can be seen on the silver screen. 

(From the official press booklet)