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Sheetla Ashtami 2020: Date, Tithi Timing and Significance

Sheetla Ashtami (March 16, 2020 Monday) also known as ‘Basoda Puja’ is celebrated on ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha in Chaitra month (April-May). It is the day of Goddess Sheetala celebrated eight days after Holi or on the first Monday or Friday after Holi. Popular in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, Sheetala Ashtami is considered as an auspicious day to worship Goddess Sheetala, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. People perform Basoda Puja on this day in order to worship and please the goddess.

‘Shitala’ or ‘Sheetala’ means
‘the one who cools down
(something)’. She is known
for curing ailments such as
poxes, sores, pustules, ghouls
and other diseases.

Did you know Shitala (Sheetala) Devi is also worshiped by many in North India, West Bengal, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan?

‘Shitala’ or ‘Sheetala’ means ‘the one who cools down (something)’. She is one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga or Shakti and is known for curing ailments such as poxes, sores, pustules, ghouls and other diseases. She was described in the 17 Century Bengali text Shitala-mangal-kabyas, a poem by Manikra Gangopadhyay. Different Hindu communities, Buddhists and tribal groups worship the goddess. She is regarded and called by the peoples of northern India as Jagrani, Mangala, Bhagavati, Dayamayi and Karunamayi. In southern India, the Dravidians regard her Mariamman. The locals of Haryana state worship Shitala Devi as kripi or the wife of Dronacharya.

Physical Characteristics of Goddess Sheetla Devi:

Sheetla Ashtami 2020: Date, Tithi Timing and Significance Every deity described in the Vedic literatures holds divine objects that are associated with natural elements of the cosmic creation. Seated on an ass, Goddess Sheetal holds a winnowing-fan, a broom, a pot and a bunch of neem leaves.

Winnowing Fan: Goddess Shitala holds a winnowing-fan which represents purification. A winnowing-tool or fan is used to separate straw from the grains. It showcases the process of purification. When the body is diseased, it needs to be purified from the ailment and restored to its original state.

Broom: The goddess uses her divine broom to either spread the germs or dust off the same. Spreading germs here means inflicting the negative with the negative. In the scriptures, she is said to inflict the demons with the fatal germs and heal those suffering from fevers by driving the germs out of their body.

Pot: Goddess Sheetla carries a pot full of healing water. This water is soothing and enlivening. When a person recovers from a fever, he regains his natural state which is to attain a higher state.

Neem leaves: A Neem leaf (Azadirachta indica) in Ayurveda is a medicinal, healing remedy for the skin problems and other inner bodily issues. As per Vedic literature, both the body (matter) and the soul (spirit) must be kept together. When both are healthy, it is easier to tread the spiritual path.

Ass: Goddess Sheetla is seated on her divine vahana (vehicle) ass. It represents one’s being humble, calm and focused on one’s duties in the times of crisis like that of a disease.

Significance of Sheetala Ashtami: Story/Legend of Goddess Sheetla Devi

Whenever there is an imbalance
in the natural order of universal
functions, there appears an
incarnation of Durga according
to time, place and circumstances.

All the manifestations of Goddess Durga are wonderfully described in the Devi Mahatmaya. Whenever there is an imbalance in the natural order of universal functions, there appears an incarnation of Durga according to time, place and circumstances. For instance, when the peaceful environment on Earth is interrupted by an invincible demon, Durga chooses the most suitable form in order to kill him.

Once, Goddess Durga incarnated as Katyayani, daughter of Sage Katyayan and protected the village against the atrocities of demons led by Kaalkeya. When one of his demons named Jwarasura infected the village with diseases such as dysentery, smallpox, chickenpox and cholera. ‘Jwara’ in Sanskrit means ‘fever’. The demon of fever Jwarasura went on spreading the germs of those horrible diseases. Katyayani protected her young friends (children) from the diseases. But when the spread intensified, she assumed the form of Sheetala Devi who held a short broom, winnowing fan, jar of cooling water and a drinking cup and wiped out the diseases.

When Jwarasura infested the
village with various diseases,
Durga assumed the form of
Sheetala Devi to protect
the innocent and fight
the demon the Jwarasura.

Later, She asked Her friend Batuk to stop the demon Jwarasura. However, the demon and Batuk fought a battle resulting in the latter’s death. Being happy and conceited, Jwarasura was surprised to see the body of Batuk turning into dust.

Afterwards, Jwarasura encountered a fierce figure with the three-eyed face, four arms holding a battle-axe, sword, trident and the demon heads. Being dark in color, He had a garland of skulls, frightening Jwarasura. When Jwarasura inquired from Him about His identity, He called him muddha (fool) and asked him to surrender unto the feet of Goddess Katyayani who is none other than Durga. Realizing that it is Batuk who assumed the form of Shiva, Bhairava, he aggressively started fighting. Bhairava with His cosmic Trident beheaded the demon, ending his ruthless atrocity.

Batuk, Sheetala Devi’s friend,
assumed the form of Bhairava
(Shiva) and killed Jwarasura.

Goddess Sheetla is worshiped regionally or locally. One can see in her temples that she is projected with Jvarasura (the demon who causes fevers), Ghentu Debata, (the god of skin diseases), Raktabati (the goddess of blood infections) and Oladevi, a goddess of diseases like Cholera.

Sheetala Mata Puja, Sheetala Ashtami Basoda Puja

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Ashtami Tithi March 16, Mon 3:19 AM  
Basoda Puja Time March 16, Mon 6:46 AM  6:48 PM
Ashtami Tithi March 17, Tue   2:59 AM

The Tithi starts in the early dark morning at 3:19 on March 16 (Monday) and ends at 2:59 AM on March 17(Tue). You can perform Basoda ritual between 6:46 AM and 6:48 PM on March 16. It is the most auspicious puja timing. It is believe that Goddess Sheetala Devi cures diseases like Smallpox, Chickenpox, Measles and the like. Families worship her for the protection of their children against these diseases. In the state of Gujarat, the locals celebrate a similar festive day known as Sheetala Satam a day before Krishna Janmashtami. On this day, cooking gas is never run. People prepare food items on the previous day and have them on Sheetala Ashtami.



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Benefits of Basoda Puja:

Sheetala Mata Puja
  • Best cure for like small pox, poxes, sores, fever and seasonal ailments
  • Protects against accidents, heat and skin diseases
  • Drives away miseries and obstacles

How to Celebrate Sheetala Ashtami at home: What to do?


  • Rise early in the morning and take bath with this mantra:

"Ganga Cha Yamuna Chaiva Godavari Saraswati,
Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru"
"In this water, I invoke the presence of divine waters from the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.”

  • After your bath, visit a Sheetala temple. In case of no temple, you can worship her at home by installing her deity picture. One can also have a deity picture of Goddess Durga as Sheetala is an incarnation of Durga.
  • Light up an oil lamp, incense sticks and focus on her lotus feet. Offer her Rabri or curd and recite Basoda Vrat Katha, shri Sheetala Mata Chalisa, Sheetala Maa ki Arti, Shri Sheetala Mata ashtak and the like.
  • Offer the food items that are prepared the previous day to her.
  • Once the offering is made, distribute the food items as prasadam.
  • One can also use a Durga Pendant on this day for protection of your home, office or vehicle.
  • One may listen to Durga Prayers on this day as it spiritualizes the atmosphere on this day.

Shree Shitala Mata Yantra

Shree Shitala Mata Yantra Energized with the Vedic mantras of Goddess Shitala, this Yantra protects against various diseases and bestows good health.

Significance of Sheetala Ashtami: Legend of the Goddess

Goddess Durga incarnated as Katyayani, daughter of Sage Katyayan and protected the village against the atrocities of demons led by Kaalkeya. When one of his demons named Jwarasura infected the village with diseases such as dysentery, smallpox, chickenpox and cholera, Katyayani protected her young friends (children) from the diseases. But when the spread of intensified, she assumed the form of Sheetala Devi who held held a short broom, winnowing fan, jar of cooling water and a drinking cup and wiped out the diseases.

Later, She asked Her friend Batuk to stop the demon Jwarasura who killed him in a battle. The demon was surprised to see the body of Batuk turning into dust. Later on, Jwarasura meets a fierce figure with the three-eyed face, four arms holding a battle-axe, sword, trident and the demon heads. Being dark in color, He had a garland of skulls, frightening Jwarasura. When Jwarasura inquired from Him about His identity, He called him muddha (fool) and asked him to surrender unto the feet of Goddess Katyayani who is none other than Durga. Realizing that it is Batuk who assumed the form of Shiva, Bhairava, he aggressively started fighting. Bhairava with His cosmic Trident beheaded the demon. The entire village was filled with auspiciousness.



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