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Worshipers throng Sheetla Mata Mandir in Gurgaon for Navratri
As the Navratris are on a full swing, Gurgaon receives a huge number of visitors due to its renowned and legendary Sheetala Mata Mandir. Thousands of worshipers gather here, every year, to plead the Goddess to cure all pains and bring joys to their lives.
Sheetala Devi is also called as Bhagat Lalita Maa and Masani Maa. In fact, the word Sheetala refers to the disease smallpox. And it is believed that if this deity is invoked with faith, she dispels the disease.

Legend says that Rishi Sharadwan had two children. Tormented by the thought that the two would bother him in his worship, he leaves them in the jungle. Bheeshma's father, King Shantanu, happens to find them and discover them to be rishi's children as they possess deer derm and bow. He takes them along and looks after them. On realizing this, Rishi Sharadwan visits the king's palace and collects the children.

As the children grow under the kindness (krupa) of king Shantanu, the daughter was named as Krupi and the son as Krupacharya. Krupi was married to Guru Dronacharya and she was made to stay on the banks of the pond at Gurugaon, while the Guru was training the Kauravas and Pandavas.

Krupi due to her penance, became a mother-like figure to all. Later, this Krupi became Mata Sheetala Devi. Sheetala Mata Mandir is found at Gurugaon village, a suburb of Gurgaon (Guru Dronacharya’s birth place), in the state of Haryana.Dedicated to, who is also known as Shakti Peeth, Shri Mata Sheetala Devi Temple is filled with devotees all throughout the year, except during the month of July-August which is the Hindu month of Shravana.

The month of Chaitra, March-April, this temple is thronged by worshipers of the goddess, resembling the Kumbh-Mela. A section of the visitors come for the mundan ceremony ( the first hair cutting ceremony) of their children and offer the crop of hair at the altar of goddess. Many temples dedicated to this goddess are in various parts of the country and this particular temple in Gurgaon is located near a pond. The temple is famous for it's miracles.

More than three centuries ago two brothers, Padarath and Singha lived in the village of Gurgaon. They owned thousand of acres of land. Calm and good natured singha spent most of his time singing Bhajans. Impressed by his devotion, Sheetala Mata appeared in his dreams and granted him a boon. The boon being that Singha could cure almost every pain of person just by his mere touch. 

Singha thus left his luxurious abode and started meditating near the pond. He also made a crude temple like structure and started worshiping the Devi there. One day it seems, while collecting mud from the pond, Singha found the idol of the Devi and consecrated it in the crude structure. This structure later on became the Sheetala Devi temple.

The worship of Sheetala is conducted by both Brahmins and low caste pujaris. She is primarily worshiped in the dry seasons of winter and spring.

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