Sheetla Mata Temple of Gudgaon

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

Sheetala Mata Temple

Sheetala Mata Temple Gurgaon (Image Credit - http://www.hotgurgaon.com)

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

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri Dham is one of the scared Char Dhams of India. Yamunotri is situated in the state of Uttarakhand and is the source of river Yamuna. The beautiful shrine of Yamunotri is located at height of about 3,235 meters. Yamunotri is a place of religious significance for the Hindus and every year thousands of devotees come to this place from different parts of India as well as abroad.

Temple of Goddess Yamuna :

The Yamunotri Dham is located close to the Indo-Chinese border. It was built

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri Dham (Image Credit: www.dehradundershan.com)

by Maharaj Pratap Sahal of Tehri (Garhwal). Close to Yamunotri Dham there are three popular hot springs. The Surya Kund is the most important of them all and is basically a tank of boiling water in which potatoes and rice can be dipped and cooked. These can then be taken as Prasad. Near Surya Kund there is a rock slab known as the Divya Shila. The Divya Shila is worshipped first and then the pooja is offered to the idol of Yamuna which is made of black marble.

According to the legends in ancient times there used to be a sage known as Asit Muni. Every day he bathed in Ganga and Yamuna both. When he became old, it became hard for him to go to Gangotri. Due to his devotion and dedication throughout his life, the stream of Ganga emerged opposite Yamunotri for him. The temple can be visited on the auspicious occasion of Akshya Tritya. It either falls on the end of April or beginning of May every year.

Devotees can make a journey to Yamunotri from Uttarakhand’s main towns- Dehradun, Rishikesh or Haridwar. From the town of Hanuman Chatti one has to Continue reading