Today, 15 March 2012 is Shitala Ashtami. Sheetla Ashtami is the festival dedicated to Goddess Sheetala Devi, observed on the eighth day after Holi festival in North India. It falls on Krishna Paksha Ashtami in Chaitra month. It is mainly celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and some other North Indian states.
The preceding day of Sheetla Ashtami (March 14, 2012) is celebrated as Sheetla Saptami Pujan.
Goddess Sheetala Devi, also known as the Goddess of Smallpox, is worshipped for the better health and best life of children.
In Nepali calendar, Sheetalashtami 2012 date is March 15.