Celebrate Shitala Satam 2021 And Become Healthier

03 Apr 2021

sheetala saptami 2021

India is a land where each and every God or Goddess holds immense importance. While festivals have their own place in this rich heritage, we are here with another glorious celebration of Sheetala Saptami. Yaas! This festival is celebrated in honour of Sheetala Mata who is known to banish diseases like measles, smallpox, and chickenpox. In her pictures, she is seen carrying a ‘Kalash’ (vessel) and a ‘broom’ in her hands. Ancient tales say that approximately 33 Crore Devas and Devis live in her Kalash. 

Shitala Saptami 2021 Date And Puja Muhurat

Sheetala Satam is observed seven days after the festival of colours, Holi. This year, it will be celebrated as per the below dates and tithi. 

Sheetala Saptami: 3rd of April, 2021, Saturday

sheetala-saptami/Puja Muhurat: 6:09 AM to 6:40 PM

Duration: 12 Hours 31 Minutes

Saptami Tithi Starts: 3rd of April, 2021, 5:58 AM

Saptami Tithi Ends: 4th of April, 2021,  4:12 AM

Shitala Ashtami: 4th of April, 2021, Sunday

Significance Of Shitala Saptami

The famous ‘Skanda Purana’ mentions the importance of this day. As per Hindu scripts, Sheetala Maa is said to have incarnated from the Divine Feminines Parvati Devi and Durga Mata. Goddess Shitala is well-known for both; i.e. imposing chicken pox or small pox on people as well as healing them. Hence, she is worshipped by the Hindu devotees on this day to seek protection for their children. ‘Sheetala’ word in literal sense means ‘cool’, which indicates curing these diseases through her coolness.

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Shitla Saptami Basoda Vrat And Celebrations

The most significant ritual of this festival is avoiding cooking fresh food, and simply consuming the meal prepared on the previous day. Basoda means stale food, hence this day is also called as Sheetala Saptami Basoda. Eating non-spicy, plain and cold food stored safely from one day prior is believed to ease the digestive system as per the ancient Shastras (scripts). Therefore, conducting Sheetala Saptami Vrat brings a calming effect for the stomach. 

One more thing to keep in mind is bathing in lukewarm water. One should avoid taking a hot-water bath particularly on Sheetla Satam as to invigorate the overall body. Although everyone would not believe these rituals, the hygiene and health philosophies that come up with this occasion are deemed to be positive. 

The celebrations of this fest are of prime importance in the northern states of India like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. However, it is also celebrated across the country normally. Moreover, the people of Gujarat celebrate Shitla Satam on the seventh day of the Krishna Paksha that is one day prior to Janmashtami. This period is also said to be dedicated to the Goddess Shitala and similar custom of eating the food cooked on the previous day is followed. In the Southern states, Sheetala Mata is regarded as Goddess Mariamman or Devi Poleramma. 

Rituals Followed During Sheetala Saptami

  • On the day of Sheetala Saptami, people usually wake up early in the morning and bathe in lukewarm water. 
  • Visiting various temples in the name of Sheetala Mata is considered auspicious for offering prayers. 
  • Many rituals are carried out to receive the blessings and have a blissful and healthy life. Reading the Sheetala Satam Vrat Katha is one of the rituals of this pious day.
  • Some devotees get their heads shaved, also known as ‘mundan’, in order to pay homage to Goddess Sheetla. 
  • Many people conduct a Shitala Satam Vrat on this auspicious day to please the deity. Most women do fasting for their children’s pink health.

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The Symbolism Behind Sheetala Mata’s Attire

As seen in the pictures, Shitla Devi carries a broom in her hand and wears a garland of Neem leaves. This represents the significance of cleanliness and maintaining tidy surroundings. People know the medicinal characteristic of Neem that is a natural product. In the ancient times, when there were no antibiotics discovered, it was believed to detox the body by eradicating germs and infections. She also holds a Kalash (a vessel of water). This indicates the importance of clean water for green health. 

In a nutshell, Sheetala Saptami is a day to celebrate good health and receive boons of a better life ahead. Happy Sheetala Satam!

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