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Sheetala Ashtami 2020 date - Importance Of Sheetla Ashtami

Sheetala Ashtami is dedicated to Goddess Sheetla in the month of Chaitra (March – April) as per the traditional calendar followed in North India. Sheetala Ashtami 2020 date is March 16. Sheetala Ashtami Vrat is observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Chaitra month. The popular belief is that observing this Vrata will help in curing various diseases.

Importance Of Sheetla Ashtami

Goddess Sheetla is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chickenpox. 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.

How is Sheetala Ashtami Observed?

  • The prasad or bhog required for puja on Ashtami is prepared on the evening of the previous day.
  • The dishes prepared are made using jaggery and oil.
  • Sweet roti, sweet rice, besan and potato puris and gulgule etc are prepared. In some regions, black gram soaked overnight is offered on the next day.
  • On the Ashtami day, the bhog is taken to a Sheetla Mata temple and is offered along with lassi made using raw milk.
  • Sweet roti is offered along with butter and curd.
  • Raw lassi is offered widely on the day to Sheetla Mata.
  • Young girls are also worshipped on the day in some regions.
  • Hot items are not eaten on Ashtami day. 

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