In India, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Festivals are also one of the reasons. Recently, the festival of Holi is celebrated and now women are busy in pleasing Sheetla Mata. Sheetla Ashtami also known as Basoda is celebrated after Holi. It is a festival that falls on Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month (Hindu Calender). This time, Sheetla Ashtami is on March 9, 2018.
Know the significance of worshipping Sheetla Mata
According to Hindu mythology, Sheetla mata is worshipped as she saves from many ailments. This fast is meant to save kids and family from small pox and chicken pox. In fact, it is also believed that worshiping her destroys all the sins. Many women also observe fast. Sheetla mata is worshiped only after 8 days of Holi. One can also celebrate on the first Monday or Thursday after Holi.
The picture of Sheetla Mata has a broom in one hand and a pot in other hand. Broom signifies making people aware about cleanliness while the pot is the symbol of presence of 33 crore gods and goddesses.
On this festival, it is customary to eat stale food. People make various kinds of delicacies one night before and they eat the food next morning after worship. On this day, women offer stale food to Sheetla mata. Women start worshiping devi Sheetla since early in the morning.