Why do we celebrate Shitla Satam?

Shitla Satam or Shitla Saptami is not only about eating cold food but is about the faith and the legacy it carries behind the tradition of eating stale food. Devotees take on a vrat or fasting ritual complete with worship rituals. The fast is in honor of Shiatala Mata the Goddess mentioned in Skanda Puranas. She is depicted riding a donkey and carries a broom. Devotees worship her to pray for the health and long life of their children.

It falls on the seventh day of the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu calendar based on lunar phases. The day before Shitala Satam is known as Randhan Chhath when devotees cook numerous dishes to be consumed cold the next day.

Shitla Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Durga and is highly regarded and worshipped as a form of Shakti in Hindu culture. Maa is also said to be a natural healer and has got the name Sheetla from the Sanskrit word sheetal, which means cooling. This day is observed in many parts of India and is also called using different names. The only thing which remains consistent across all the names and rituals is the faith behind the healer, Mata Shitla. 

Published by Rishika Powany

My name is Rishika, and I’m a Freelance writer. I am passionate about generating creative content and coaching people in Public Speaking. I help people promote and grow their brands through various Content Writing techniques. At the same time, I also show you how to hack your interviews, gain more confidence, and speak more effectively through communication strategies.

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