Sheetala Ashtami is also known as ‘Basoda Puja’ and is a popular Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Sheetala. It is observed on the ‘Ashtami (8th day) of the Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Chaitra’.
However, as per the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in the month of April or March. The celebration of Sheetala Ashtami usually takes place after eight days of the Holi festival. But in some communities, it is observed on the first Thursday or Monday that comes after Holi. But of all these, the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami is considered most propitious.
Sheetala Ashtami 2021: Date and Puja Muhurat
Sheetala Ashtami 2021 is on April 4, Sunday. Sheetala Ashtami Puja Muhurat is from 06:08 to 18:41 (Duration: 12 hours 33 mins)
Rituals during Sheetala Ashtami:
According to Hindu beliefs, on this particular day, people do not light the fire or cook anything. Rather, they cook the meals a day prior for the purpose of consuming them on the day of Sheetala Ashtami. On this particular day, people also perform the Basoda Puja dedicated to Goddess Sheetala.
Sheetala Ashtami 2021: Significance
Sheetala Mata is known to be an important Goddess in Hindu mythology. The Goddess is seated on a donkey and has been portrayed holding neem leaves, broom, soup, and a pot.
Sheetala Ashtami is dedicated to worshipping Goddess Sheetala. According to the Hindu scriptures, it is believed that Goddess Sheetala controls chickenpox, measles, smallpox, and other similar diseases. By worshipping the Goddess on this auspicious day people can prevent the outbreak of epidemic diseases in their family, especially among children.