Sheetala Satam, Shitala Satam or Shitala Saptami is observed in Gujarati Sravana month on the seventh day of Vad Paksh (dark fortnight). In 2016, Sheetala Satam date is August 24.
This vrata is dedicated to Goddess Shitala Mata. Shitala mata puja is the main ritual of the day. Devotees eat cold meal (the food cooked on Randhan Chhath day) during the day.
Shitala Mata image or idol is installed and offered shodashopachar puja. The Skanda Purana describes the appearance and iconography of Shitala Mata. She rides a donkey and holds a broom. With her broom she blasts all the diseases especially Smallpox. Women devotees worship the Goddess for the wellbeing of their children. Sheetala Satam Vrat katha is mentioned in the Bhavishyottar Purana.
Shitala Satam in other countries
Shitala Satam in USA – August 24
Shitala Satam in Canada – August 24
Shitala Satam in South Africa – August 24
Shitala Satam in UK, Europe – August 24
Shitala Satam in UAE, Middle East – August 24
Shitala Satam in Singapore – August 24
Shitala Satam in Malaysia – August 24
Shitala Satam in Fiji Islands – August 24
Panchang, Shitala Satam – August 24, 2016
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:10 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:47
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)23:30 Chandrastama (Moonset)11:52
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Saptami – 22:17
Nakshatra Bharani – 13:34
Yoga Dhruva – 22:48
Karana Bava – 22:17
Purnimanta Month Bhaadrupada
Amavasyanta Month Sraavana
Shaka Samvatsara: Durmukhi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Saumya
Rahu Kalam: 12:29 – 14:03
Gulika Kalam: 10:54 – 12:29
Yama Gandam: 07:44 – 09:19
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Simha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mesha – 19:11:13
Amrita Kalam 09:06 – 10:35
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 24:50* – 26:20*
Durmuhurthams: 12:03 – 12:54
Shitala Satam in Previous Years
In 2015, Sheetala Satam date was September 4.
In 2014, Sheetala Satam date was August 16.
In 2013, Sheetala Satam date was August 27.
In 2012, Sheetala Satam date was August 8.