Janai Malai Devi is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped in Goa and Maharashtra especially in Satara District. She is Grama Devata or village deity. She is also the patron Goddess of many communities. There is no proper authentic information regarding her origin but she is a deity who protects people from evil forces.
Janai Malai Devi is worshipped in murti form. She is depicted either in standing or sitting position.
Sometimes devotees only get to view her head. She is depicted with two or four arms. She holds various weapons.
Festivals associated with her vary from region to region. Numerous different types of rituals are dedicated to her.
In some regions there is a palkhi dedicated to her.
She is worshipped for early cure from diseases, for good rains and farm yield, for defeating enemies and for fulfillment of desires.