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Sheetala Sashti 2018 date – Shitala Shasti



Sheetala Sashti is observed on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magha month especially in Bengal and eastern parts of India. Sheetala Sashti 2018 date is January 23 and is dedicated to Goddess Shitala. This ritual is observed by those couples who wish to have a child.

On the day puja involving 16 steps or Shodashopachar is performed. Cold food items are offered to Goddess Shitala.

The food that is consumed by those observing the ritual is prepared the previous day.

Sheetala Sashti in Chaitra Month in North India

In North India, the ritual is observed in Chaitra Month. In 2018, it is on March 7. Preparation for the pujas and rituals for Basoda and Sheetala Ashtami begins on the day.

The day is followed by the famous Sheetala Saptami and Sheetala Ashtami.