Sheetla Ashtami Fair is an annual procession of Sheetla Mata which held in number of places mainly in Indian state of Rajasthan.The fair also marks the glimpses of culture and tradition of the region which is carried with festivity and zeal by the people. The festival also holds the importance in terms of tourism which drags tourists from outside the country also.
Time to Celebrate:
Sheetla Ashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of dark half of month Chaitra,after seven days of holi festival.
The excitement and gusto during the Sheetla Mata fair is worth watching in the state.The festival is also known as “Basoda”.It is believed that Goddess Sheetla is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati who is the provider of good health and prosperity of their children.She is commonly called the goddess of small pox who cures the disease.For this day people prepare food one day before of Sheetla Asthami & on the day of festival,they all specially women visit to the nearest temple and perform puja of Sheetla Mata with their food. All eatables items which are cool in nature are prepare and offer to the deity.Hot items are not offer and eat by the people which is a strict observation.
States like Punjab,Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi also organise fair on the occasion where large numbers of people come to agglomerate.In Rajasthan,village of Seel-Ki-Doongri in Chaksu at Jaipur is the shrine of Sheetla Mata which is on the top of the hill. A fair is also held in Kaga in Jodhpur where folk music,Food, utensils,clothes,other items and agricultural items are the attractions.