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2019 Sheetala Ashtami Puja, Basoda Date for Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

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2019 Sheetala Ashtami

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Fairfield, United States
Sheetala Ashtami
27th
March 2019
Wednesday / बुधवार
Sheetala Devi
Goddess Sheetala

Sheetala Ashtami Puja Timings

Sheetala Ashtami on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Sheetala Ashtami Puja Muhurat - 11:25 AM to 07:13 PM
Duration - 07 Hours 47 Mins
Sheetala Saptami on Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 11:25 AM on Mar 27, 2019
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 01:04 PM on Mar 28, 2019

Notes: All timings are represented in 12-hour notation in local time of Fairfield, 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.

2019 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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