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2017 Sheetala Ashtami Puja, Basoda Date for Ashburn, Virginia, United States


2017 Sheetala Ashtami

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Ashburn, United States
Sheetala Ashtami
March 2017
Monday / सोमवार
Sheetala Devi
Goddess Sheetala

Sheetala Ashtami Puja Timings

Sheetala Ashtami on Monday, March 20, 2017
Sheetala Ashtami Puja Muhurat - 07:13 AM to 07:22 PM
Duration - 12 Hours 09 Mins
Sheetala Saptami on Sunday, March 19, 2017
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 10:49 PM on Mar 19, 2017
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 01:02 AM on Mar 21, 2017

Notes: All timings are represented in 12-hour notation in local time of Ashburn, United States with DST adjustment (if applicable).
Hours which are past midnight are suffixed with next day date. In Panchang day starts and ends with sunrise.

2017 Sheetala Ashtami

Basoda (बसोडा) Puja is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and celebrated on Krishna Paksha Ashtami after Holi. Basoda is also known as Sheetala Ashtami. Usually it falls after eight days of Holi but many people observe it on first Monday or Friday after Holi. Sheetala Ashtami is more popular in North Indian states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

According to Basoda customs families don't lit fire for cooking. Hence most families cook one day before and consume stale food on Sheetala Ashtami day. It is believed that Goddess Sheetala controls smallpox, chickenpox, measles, etc. and people worship her to ward off any outbreak of those diseases.

In Gujarat, the similar ritual as Basoda is observed just a day before Krishna Janmashtami and is known as Shitala Satam. Shitala Satam is also dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and no fresh food is cooked on the day of Sheetala Satam.

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