Sheetlashtami or Shitlashtami, also known as Basoda is a festival dedicated to Goddess Sheetla Mata. It is observed on eighth day of dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in Chaitra month as per North Indian Hindi calendar. In 2013, Basoda Sheetlashtami date is April 3.
Goddess Sheetla Mata is well-known for her great ability of destroying diseases and illnesses.
During the festival of Sheetlashtami a great colourful fair is held at Sheetla Mata Shakti Dham at Basoda in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh which attracts a large number of devotees from neighboring states like Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.
During the festival, Goddess Sheetala is worshipped with shodashopachar puja, and daily bhog or nivedan. Read Sheetlashtami vrat katha in Hindi.