Sheetala Saptami in Shravan Month – Sheetla Saptmi

Sheetala Saptami, or Shitala Saptmi, is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala Mata and is observed on the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Shravan (July – August). Shitala Saptami 2014 date is August 3. Goddess Sheetla Devi is worshipped to protect children and to escape from disease like Chicken Pox.

The day is of great importance in rural regions in India. Thousands of devotees visit the temple dedicated to Sheetla Mata. Some people do ‘mundan’ – complete removal of hair from head. Some people perform various rituals for a happy and peaceful life.

In some regions on Sheetala Saptami day people eat only food prepared on the previous day.

Please note that Sheetala Saptami is also observed during the seventh day during waning phase of moon in Chaitra Month.

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