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Sheetala Mata Story – The Origin of the worship of Goddess Sitala Mata

Goddess Sheetala Mata is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures. She is the goddess of Smallpox. The story of the origin and worship of Goddess Sitala Mata is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that she causes the disease smallpox and she also has the capacity to cure it.

Legend has it that Goddess Sheetala first appeared in a yajna or sacrifice conducted by Lord Brahma. He gave her the boon that she will be worshipped as long as she carried with her urad dal.
Goddess Sheetala then found a companion in Jwarasura, the fever demon, who appeared from the sweat of Shiva.
It is said that she along with her companion visited the Devas in the heaven. But on the way her urad dal changed into small pox germs.
So where ever Goddess Sheetala and Jvarasura went they spread fever and smallpox.
The devas pleaded with the Goddess to show mercy and asked her to find a place to reside in heaven.
On earth they visited King Birat, who was an ardent devotee of Shiva. The king agreed to worsh…

How to observe Jamai Sashti? – What to do on Jamai Sashti?

Jamai Sashti is an important ritual observed in Bengal. Here is a brief description on how to observe Jamai Sashti. Please note that what to do and what not to do and the small details of the ritual varies from region to region. In some regions, the mother-in-law and son-in-law exchange gifts. In some regions, only the son-in-law brings the gifts.
The ritual is meant to help in the bonding of the son-in-law (Jamai) and the in laws.
On the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month, daughter and son-in-law is invited to the home.
The mother-in-law welcomes the son-in-law. She carries a thali – puja plate. It contains darbha or kusha grass, uncooked rice, five types of fruits, yellow thread and curd.
She sprinkles the rice and grass on the son-in-law and blesses him. She makes a mark on the forehead with curd and ties the yellow thread.
Food is the most important part of the ritual. A sumptuous meal is arranged and it includes the best delicacies the mother-in-law can…