Sheetala Saptami and Basoda Vrat Rules and Puja Vidhi
- Sheetala Saptami and Sheetala Ashtami are festivals dedicated to Goddess Sheetala
- Sheetala or Shitala Mata is an incarnation of the feminine power, or Shakti
- Goddess Sheetala cures illnesses and heat-borne diseases
Sheetala Devi is one of the manifestations of feminine power, popularly known as Shakti. Devotees in various parts of the country, who follow the Purnimant calendar, worship her on the Saptami Tithi or Ashtami Tithi (seventh or eighth day), Chaitra Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the Moon). However, those who follow the Amavasyant calendar celebrate this festival, also known as Basoda on the Saptami Tithi or Ashtami Tithi of Phalguna, Krishna Paksha. Interestingly, the names of the months differ, but the day remains the same. On this day, devotees observe a vrat, pray to Goddess Sheetala to guard them against heat-borne diseases. Hence, on the day of the festival, devotees do not light fire in the kitchen. Instead, they consume food prepared on the previous night.
Check out the Sheetala Saptami and Sheetala Ashtami or Basoda 2021 dates and the significance here.
And ahead of the festival, check out the vrat rules and puja vidhi.
Those observing a vrat must maintain celibacy.
Devotees observing the vrat on Saptami must clean their kitchen on the Sashti Tithi evening before preparing foods (curd, rice, halwa, puri, a kheer or rabdi etc.) meant to be offered to the Goddess and consumed on the next day. And those observing the vrat on Ashtami must follow this rule on the Saptami Tithi evening.
Fire must not be lit in the kitchen, especially to cook on the day of vrat.
Next morning, rise early (preferably before sunrise) and take a bath.
Wear clean and fresh clothes.
Do not consume freshly cooked food on the puja day.