India has millions of temples, dedicated to several gods and goddesses. Almost every temple in our country has some uniqueness associated with it. Some are known for their splendid architecture, some for their history and some for their reverence. One of these is the Durgapuri Mata Temple situated in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. Thriving in the middle of a jungle, the ancient temple has a marvelous history.
If the anecdotes by the elderly are to be believed, the history of the Durgapuri Mata Temple of Sheopuri dates back to the era of Pandavas. In the modern era, the place was first discovered by Late Shivnarayan Parashar famously known as Dangwale baba around 90 years ago. At that time, an idol of the goddess was enshrined under a tree. Naidunia reports that its popularity later came to light when former chief minister Arjun Singh got a glorious temple constructed here during his leadership of the state 30 years ago. He also made arrangement of drinking water for the pilgrims of the temple and lit an eternal flame that is still burning. The two huge lion sculptures placed near the temple gate are a center of attraction for all the visitors.
Durgapuri Mata is known as the one who fulfills all desires of wealth and prosperity. Pandit Banwari Lal Parashar is the present priest of the temple. Apart from locals of Sheopur, people from Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and a number of other places throng to this temple. Navratri is a special time when pilgrims come to Durgapuri Mata Temple to attend the grand fair organized here during March/April and September/October. On the seventh Navratri, an event known as Kalratri Jagran is organized in the temple and the goddess dons black attire during this prayer.
The temple is so popular that the railways had to specially bring it on its network to connect it to the rest of the country. The railway station is at the front door of the temple and on both sides of the platform are the fair shops selling varied items.