Sheetala Satam, Shitala Satam or Shitala Saptami is observed in Gujarati Sravana month on the seventh day of Vad Paksh (dark fortnight). In 2018, Sheetala Satam date is September 2.
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 – September 2
Shitala Satam in Canada – September 2
Shitala Satam in South Africa – September 2
Shitala Satam in UK, Europe – September 2
Shitala Satam in UAE, Middle East – September 2
Shitala Satam in Singapore – September 2
Shitala Satam in Malaysia – September 2
Shitala Satam in Fiji Islands – September 2
Panchang, Shitala Satam – September 2, 2018
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:12 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:40
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)23:28 Chandrastama (Moonset)12:00
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Saptami – 20:47
Nakshatra Krittika – 20:49
Yoga Vyaghata – 16:27
Karana Bava – 20:47
Purnimanta Month Bhaadrupada
Amavasyanta Month Sraavana
Shaka Samvatsara: Vilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Virodhikruthi
Rahu Kalam: 17:06 – 18:40
Gulika Kalam: 15:33 – 17:06
Yama Gandam: 12:26 – 13:59
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Simha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Vrishabha
Amrita Kalam 18:26 – 20:01
Abhijit: 12:01 – 12:51
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 08:56 – 10:31
Durmuhurthams: 17:00 – 17:50
Shitala Satam in Previous Years
In 2017, Sheetala Satam date was August 14.
In 2016, Sheetala Satam date was August 24.
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.