Sheetla Mata Temple Gudgaon is one of the chief Hindu pilgrimages in India. It is situated near a pond at the Gudgaon village in Haryana. Every year thousands of devotees come to this temple from different parts of the country as well as abroad. Shri Mata Sheetala Devi is the chief deity of this temple and is also popularly known as Shakti Peeth.
Mata Sheetala Devi is known by several other names such as Masani Maa and Bhagat Lalita Maa. The word Sheetala basically means smallpox (disease). It is a common belief among the devotees in Hindu sect that if a person suffering from smallpox worships her with full devotion then the goddess relieves him from his ailment.
Sheetla Mata Temple of Gudgaon :
At the month of Chaitra (March-April), the Sheetla Mata Temple becomes like a Kumbh-Mela. Several devotees come to this sacred temple for Mundan ceremony of their children and newly married couples also visit this temple to get blessings from mata.
According to the legends about three centuries ago there were two brothers known as Singha and Padarath in Gudgaon village. These brothers owned large acres of lands. Singha was a good natured and religious person. He used to spend
most of his time in devotion and singing bhajans. As a result of which Sheetala Devi was impressed by his devotion and blessed him with a boon.
The boon of Sheetala Devi was such that if Singha touched any person suffering from disease, it would relieve that person from his ailment. Singha left all the comforts of life and started meditating beside the pond. He also built a crude temple and started worshipping Sheetala Devi there. One day Singha found the idol of Sheetala Devi while collecting mud from the pond. He consecrated this idol in the crude temple that he had built before. Continue reading