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Puja Timings, Significance and Rituals

Sheetala Saptami is probably going one of many essential days for Hindus. The day is dedicated to Sheetala Mata or Goddess Sheetala. Devotees present her prayers and ask for the well-being of their children and family. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Sheetla protects from diseases like chickenpox and smallpox.

The competitors is principally celebrated inside the areas of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. In Southern India, the deity is known as Goddess Mariamman or Goddess Poleramma. The competitors of Sheetala Saptami can be referred to as Polala Amavasya inside the areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Sheetala Saptami: Date and Timings:

Sheetala Saptami is extensively identified on Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi of Chaitra maas. This yr, it could actually fall on April 3. Saptami Tithi will start at 05:58 am on April 03 and might conclude at 04:12 am on April 04.

Significance Of Sheetala Saptami:

Based mostly on Skanda Purana, Goddess Sheetala is an incarnation of Goddess Durga and Maa Parvati. The deity signifies the therapeutic vitality of nature and subsequently the devotees worship and supply prayers to Goddess Sheetala to remain protected and guarded in opposition to the diseases like chickenpox and smallpox. ‘Sheetala’ in a literal sense means ‘coolness’ or ‘cool’.

Sheetala Saptami 2021: Rituals to be adopted on the day:

On nowadays, devotees stand up early sooner than daybreak and take a bathe. They go to Sheetala Mata temple to hold out puja by offering bhog (curd, rice, halwa, puri, a kheer or rabdi and so forth), kalash, haldi, kumkum, akshat, flowers, sindoor, mehendi, kajal, purple chunri, kalava, banana, coconut and so forth. Many people moreover perform puja at their residence and search a joyous, healthful, and peaceful life.

Finding out and listening to Sheetala Mata Vrat Katha is an important ritual of puja. In some elements of the nation, people moreover shave their heads to please the Goddess. The puja is concluded by singing Aarti. As quickly because the puja is accomplished, people sprinkle water from the Kalash on themselves, their relations and their dwelling to purify.