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.