Sheetala Ashtami is an important Hindu festival celebrated in India. It is observed on the eighth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April). Sheetala Ashtami is celebrated by Hindus in the remembrance of Goddess Sheetala, who is considered the goddess of diseases and cures. The day is considered very auspicious and is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity in the lives of devotees who worship Goddess Sheetala. On this day, devotees perform special poojas and offer prayers to the goddess for health, wealth, and prosperity.
The rituals of Sheetala Ashtami begin with the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who are believed to be the parents of Goddess Sheetala. After the puja, devotees take a holy dip in a river or a lake to purify their souls. After the holy dip, they offer special prayers and perform aarti to Goddess Sheetala. Devotees also fast on the day of Sheetala Ashtami. It is believed that fasting on this day helps to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck. It is also believed that fasting on this day helps in achieving longevity and good health. On this day, devotees prepare special dishes like chapatis, puris, rice, fruits and vegetables to offer to the goddess. The food is then distributed to the poor and needy.
It is believed that offering food to the poor and needy on this day brings good luck and prosperity. Apart from performing religious ceremonies, people also take part in cultural activities like singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and performing skits. These activities are believed to bring joy and prosperity to the lives of people. Sheetala Ashtami is also an important day for women. Women observe fast on this day and offer special prayers to Goddess Sheetala for health, wealth and prosperity. They also perform poojas and sing hymns in praise of the goddess.
The day of Sheetala Ashtami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. People visit temples and offer prayers to Goddess Sheetala for health, wealth and prosperity. This festival is also celebrated in other parts of India with great fervour and devotion. Sheetala Ashtami is an important day in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Sheetala on this day brings good luck, health, wealth and prosperity to the devotees.