Basoda Festival 2016 – Basoda Sheetala Ashtami Festival in Rajasthan – Basora Festival 2016

Basoda festival is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and is observed eight days after Holi festival on the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami day in Rajasthan. In 2016, Basoda Festival is on May 31. The ritual observed on the eight day of waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) is also referred as Basora.

During Basoda Festival, 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.

On the Basoda Festival day people do not cook any food. The food is prepared the previous day and it is then allowed to cool down.

On the Basoda festival day, the food is first offered to Goddess Sitala. Every house chooses a special stone which symbolises Goddess Sitala.

The stone is then installed on a red cloth and worshipped with diya, incense, flowers, kum kum, water, yoghurt, wheat and henna. An aarti is performed and mantras dedicated to the goddess are chanted. The food prepared on the previous day is then offered to the Goddess and it is then consumed by people as Prasad from Goddess Sitala.

Basoda comes from the word “basi” which means ‘from the previous night.’