The Sheetla Mata Mandir (locally known as the Masani Mandir) is a very famous and major Hindu shrine in Gurgaon. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Mata Sheetla Devi, who was the wife of Guru Dronacharya (the Mahabharata Guru of the Pandavas and Kauravas). The Goddess is also known as Bhagat Lalita Ma and Masani Ma and is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The deity is believed to be the Goddess who protects children from small pox and gives them a healthy life. Majority of the visitors to the temples are women to come here to seek the blessings of the Goddess for their children.
It is also one of the Shakti Peeth of the country. Shakti Peeth is a site where the scattered pieces of Goddess Parvati had fallen when she immolated herself in anger. Unable to bear the insult of her husband, Lord Shiva by her own father, the Goddess put an end to her life. The various pieces of her body fell in different parts of the world. Temples were built at these sites and they are believed to be very pious and powerful. Devotees worship the Goddess with great faith and seek the blessings for protection, well-being, richness and power.
The temple is majorly crowded during the month of March/April during the festival when women come to the temple to worship the Goddess with pure water, milk and sweets. The ritual says that hot food is not cooked at home that day and they cook the food the previous night to keep heat (anger) away from home. This is believed to please the Goddess and she blesses the family with peace and good health.
The Goddess is made of mixed metal with gold polish. The idol is placed in a small wooden box on a marble platform and weighs about 4 kg. A fair is organized in the temple every Monday and Tuesday that is visited by a large number of visitors. The annual Masani Fair celebrated here is attended by thousands of devotees from far and near. Folk songs, dances, dramas, dances and cultural functions are organized in the fair.
A number of devotes come here for the first head shave of their children. Newly wedded couples come here in large numbers to seek the blessings of the Goddess.