Sheetla Mata Fair
Village Seel-Ki-Doongri (Jaipur), Rajasthan
March - April.
The Sheetla Mata Fair is held in March-April, the month of Chaitra, in village Seel-Ki-Doongri (Jaipur). Doongri is a hillock on top of which the holy place of Sheetla Mata stands. The fair is held in her honor every year.
The fair attracts hordes of guests from far and wide. People suppose that epidemics increase because of the wrath of Sheetla Mata and hence they worship her and make offerings so that she may be pacified. The deity is represented by a red stone.
It is an absolute picnic for the pilgrims attending the fair. It is usual to cook one's own food at the site, and eat it only after it has been offered at the shrine.
A temporary market comes up at the fair and the rural folk can be seen trading in wares such as shoes, clothes, food stuff, utensils and agricultural implements. A cattle fair is also organized during the fair. It is a small affair and lasts for about a week. Bullocks, camels and horses are sold at the fair and prizes are awarded to the best breeders.
HOW TO GET THERE
The village Seel-Ki-Doongri is situated beside a tank recognized as Band Sheodungri. It lies on the Jaipur-Kota road 35 kms south-east of Jaipur and 5 kms from the Tehsil headquarters, Chaksu.
Rail : The adjacent rail head is Chaksu on the Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur Section of Western Railway.
Road : Regular buses plying on the Jaipur-Kota, Jaipur-Tonk,Jaipur-Deoli routes, which pass by this village.