Mata Sheetla

One of the major Hindu pilgrimage is the Shri Sheetla Devi Temple located near a pond at Gurgaon village, a suburb of Guru Dronacharya's birth place, in the state of Haryana. The temple is thronged by devotees in large numbers throughout the year. Also referred to as a 'Shakti Peeth', the presiding deity of this temple is Shri Mata Sheetla Devi.

The Legends

There are many legends, which are connected with the building of the present temple of Shri Mata Sheetla Devi. According to one legend, a poor carpenter living in Farukh Nagar had a beautiful daughter of marriageable age. On hearing about her beauty, the Mughal ruler expressed his desire to get married to the girl. The carpenter resented giving away her daughter to a person from a different religion and so appealed to King Surajmal of Bharatpur. The matter being outside his jurisdiction, the king refused to interfere. The disappointed carpenter met Prince Bharatpur, son of King Surajmal while returning home who tried to talk it out with his father but to no avail.Consequently, the prince revolted against his father. On his way to attack Delhi, he passed through Gurgaon and he pledged to the Shri Mata Sheetla Devi that if he returned victorious, he would build a proper temple. The prince won and upon his return, he built the temple. There is another version of the same temple. It is said that when prince of Bharatpur was proceeding towards , he and his army rested at Ballabhgarh. But the horses refused to move further from here. The court astrologer was summoned to explain the strange behaviour of the horses, whereupon it was found that since obeisance was not paid the goddess after entering Gurgaon on their way, this had angered her. Thus an elaborate worship of the goddess was arranged and the horses started moving. The prince pledged that he would build a temple on his victorious return.

The Queens At War

The third legend also includes king. On a pilgrimage to Pushkar, a verbal fight ensued between the queen and the king of Bharatpur, Kishori on who would first jump into the waters. The man finally took over and it resulted to King Bharatpur attacking the king of Ajmer, defeating the latter in the process. Queen Kishori was jubiliant and urged the king to build the Shri Mata Sheetla Devi temple and King Bharatpur and Chaudhary Jawahar Singh consecrated the idol made of eight metals in this temple.

Location : Gurgaon, (Haryana)
Presiding Deity : Shri Mata Sheetla Devi
Significance : Shakti-Peeth
Time For Festivity : Through Out The Year Except August, Sept and Nov. to Feb.