Sheetala Saptami 2024: Puja muhurat, vrat katha in Hindi and significance

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Sheetala Saptami 2024: Sheetala Saptami is observed on the seventh day of the Krishna Paksha of the Chaitra month, following Holi. According to the Skanda Purana, it is a day dedicated to worshipping Sheetala Mata. Observing this fast and worshipping Sheetala Mata can prevent infections like smallpox and other diseases.

The purpose of this fast is to ensure the well-being of one’s spouse and children, and to maintain a healthy body. It is a unique fast during which Sheetala Mata is offered stale food as bhog during the puja.

Devi Sheetala’s form is unique, according to the Skanda Purana. In one hand, she holds a pot of cooling drink, grains, and healing water, while in the other, she holds a broom and neem leaves.

Meanwhile, here are the date, puja timings, significance and vrat katha of Sheetala Saptami 2024.

Sheetala Saptami 2024 Date

In 2024, Sheetala Saptami falls on April 1. Households refrain from lighting the stove on this day. The day before Sheetala Saptami, a variety of dishes are prepared, including curd, rabri, rice, halwa, and puri, which are offered to Mata Sheetala. It is believed that worshipping Mata Sheetala will grant you relief from disease.

Sheetala Saptami 2024 Puja Muhurat

According to the Panchang, Ashtami Tithi in Krishna Paksha in Chaitra month begins on March 31, 2024, at 9:30 PM and ends on April 1, 2024, at 09:09 PM.

Sheetala Puja – Morning 06:11 AM to Evening 06:39 PM (April 1, 2024)

Sheetala Saptami Vrat Katha

Sheetala Saptami Significance

The day of Sheetala Saptami is dedicated to worshipping Sheetala Mata, a form of Goddess Durga. It is believed that this fast bestows good health. According to the Skanda Purana, Lord Shiva himself composed the prayers and hymns dedicated to Devi Sheetala known as Sheetala Ashtak.

Mata Sheetala shields children from evil and protects them from serious illnesses. It is believed that making gul gulle (sweet balls) as an offering during the puja and then feeding these to dogs the next day on Ashtami removes all troubles from children.

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