Basoda festival is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and is observed eight days after Holi festival on the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami day in Rajasthan and other parts of North India. Basoda Festival 2021 date is April 5. The ritual observed on the eighth day of waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) is also referred as Basora.
हृं श्रीं शीतलायै नमः॥
How is Basoda Observed?
During Basoda Festival, Goddess Sheetla is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chickenpox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetala Ashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.
The stone is then installed on a red cloth and worshipped with diya, incense, flowers, kum kum, water, yoghurt, wheat and henna. An aarti is performed and mantras dedicated to the goddess are chanted. The food prepared on the previous day is then offered to the Goddess and it is then consumed by people as Prasad from Goddess Sitala.
Goddess Sheetla Rituals
The rituals associated with Goddess Sheetala is observed on Ashtami day – the eighth day during the waning or waxing phase of moon in Phalgun, Chaitra, Vaishakh, Jyeshta and Shravan months. The most important is the one observed during the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon.She is also worshipped on Sashti (sixth) and Saptami (seventh) day of a lunar fortnight.
Goddess Sheetla is the Goddess who cures various pox and skin diseases. She is propitiated for protecting children. You can read about the origin of Goddess Sheetala here.
Goddess Oladevi or Olabibi – This is a Goddess Similar to Goddess Sheetala and she is worshipped in Bengal.