Sheetla Mata Fair is held in the honor of Sheetla Mata. Read more about Sheetla Mata fair of Rajasthan, India.
Sheetla Mata Fair Jaipur
|Location:||Sheetla Mata Shrine on he top of Doongri hillock in the village of Seel-ki-Doongri, which is 5 km from Chaksu, the district headquarters and 35 km from Jaipur, in Rajasthan.|
|Significance:||It is held in the honor of the deity Sheetla Mata (Goddess of epidemic diseases such as measles and chicken pox).|
|Time of Celebration:||For a week in the month of Chaitra (according to the Hindu calendar), which falls generally during March or April.|
It is said that if the wrath of Sheetla Mata is let loose, then epidemics spread. This fair is held to make offerings and worship the deity to please her and keep her pacified. In the shrine, a red stone represents the deity. Thousands of pilgrims visit the fair and it is customary to cook one's own food and eat it only after offering the food to the deity in the shrine. A small cattle fair is also organized where rewards are given to the breeders who have the best quality of livestock. Rural people can be seen trading over shoes, clothes, food, utensils and agricultural implements.