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Sheela Mata Temple is located on one side of the excavated Agroha Mound while the Agroha Temple Complex is situated on the other side. The temple has been built over the ancient 'Madhi' of Sheela Mata. The Agroha Medical College is situated right across the road.  

Sheela Mata TempleStory of Sheela Mata: Seth Harbhajan Shah of Agroha married his only daughter Sheela to the minister of Sialkot state Mehta Shah. Sheela was very beautiful and became the talk of the town. Even king Risalu of Sialkot heard about her beauty. He sent his minister Mehta Shah to another state for official work. Back home he himself went to meet Sheela and made an attempt to spoil her chastity. However, Sheela fought the king bravely and protected herself. The unsuccessful king asked her maid to keep his ring under the bed sheet of Sheela's bed. On  returning from another state Mehta Shah discovered the ring on their bed and thought Sheela to be immoral. He abandoned Sheela who returned with her father to Agroha. After many years, the same maid made a confession to Mehta Shah of her foul and vouched for the morality of Sheela. Mehta Shah was grief struck on the injustice done to his wife. He rushed to Agroha to seek pardon from his wife but died near Agroha before he could meet Sheela. When Sheela came to know about the demise of her husband, she too died. A memorial temple with a madhi of sheela mata was built at the site of her death.  

a12.gif (54352 bytes)The construction of the temple started in 1983 and it was completed in February 1992. The temple was renovated by the 'Agroha Vikas Sansthan'. The temple is constructed with red and pink stone. It has been designed on the Rajasthani Architectural pattern. The main dome of the temple is 85ft above the ground. Under the main dome is the Madhi of Sheela Mata. The temple has sections devoted to all main Hindu Gods viz Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Durgaji, Shankar Parvati, Hanumanji, Ganeshji etc. This temple holds great importance among the north Indian temples, due to its architectural design.  

The Sheela Mata Mandir is now a major tourist attraction because of its beautiful temple complex, beautiful lawns and fountains. The well maintained landscape in the backdrop of the Agroha Mound and the Agroha Temple Complex is a feast to the eyes. 

Ever year during the Bhadra Pad Amavasya a big fair or 'mela' is held in the temple area, wherein thousands of pilgrims come, many for the Mundan (Head Shaving) of their kids.

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