Goddess Sheetala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetala Ashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.
People offer various food items to the Sheetala Mata on the day. People also feed old people on the day and take their blessings.
It must be noted here that some communities observe the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of every month as Sheetala Ashtami. But the most auspicious one is the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami.
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