Sheetla Saptami or Sheetala Sapthami, also spelt as Shitla Saptami, is the festival dedicated to Goddess Sheetala Devi, who is worshipped to get rid of the diseases like Small Pox and Chicken-Pox. Sheetla Saptami 2011 date is 5 August 2011. Shithala Saptami is observed on Shukla Paksha Sapthami thithi during Shravan month. Goddess Sheetala Mata mainly worshipped in North Indian states.
Goddess Sheetala – Shitala Mata:
Goddess Sheetala, an aspect of Goddess Parvati, is worshipped as the Goddess of Chicken-Pox and Chicken Pox. On the day of Shitala Saptami, devotees worship her with devotion and they let their children to worship the Goddess. In some rural areas in India, Janthu Bali (Animal Sacrifice) is also done to please the Goddess Sheetala.
Goddess Sheetala is very similar to the South Indian deities, Goddess Poleramma worshipped in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Mariamman worshipped in Tamilnadu and Kerala.
The similar festival as Shitala Saptami is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This Puja is referred as Polala Amavasya. Polala Amavasya Puja is celebrated on Shravan Amavasya – No Moon day in Shravana masam. The similar festival known as Sheetala Satam is observed in Gujarat. Sheetala Satam 2011 date is 21st August 2011.