The Day of Shitala Devi


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One week after Holi, a special holiday that is perhaps not so known around the world is observed in our ashram. It is the day dedicated to Shitala Mata or Sitala Devi, one aspect of Divine Mother, worshipped as the goddess of smallpox.

The holiday is known under the name of Shitala Asthami as it falls on the eighth day of the Hindu month Chaitra which is usually in March or April.

Story of Shitala Devi

Shitala Mata is mentioned in many scriptures, especially in Skanda Purana as the goddess of smallpox. She is both the cause of the disease and the cure. When Shitala Devi first arose from a sacrificial fire, Lord Brahma told her that humans would always worship her, as long as she carried the seeds of a particular lentil called urad daal. Along with her companion, Jvarasura, the demon of fever created from the sweat of god Shiva, she travelled to visit other gods.

Somewhere along the way, her lentils turned into smallpox germs, and anyone whom they visited came down with a fever and smallpox. The gods asked Shitala Mata for mercy, and requested her to take her load of germs and go to Earth. She agreed and together with Jvarasura went down to Earth. Their first stop was at the court of King Birat, who was a devotee of lord Shiva. King Birat agreed to worship Shitala and give her a place in his kingdom, but would not give her supremacy over Shiva, so she threatened to infect his people. He was not swayed, and Shitala Devi released 75 different kinds of pox on his people. The disease spread far and wide, and there were many deaths. Finally, King Birat relented, and Shitala Mata healed him and his people.

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Symbols

Shitala Devi rides on a donkey, and she has four arms. In her hands she carries a silver broom, a fan, a small bowl, and a pot of water. She uses these items to rid a house of disease–she sweeps up the germs with her broom, uses the fan to collect them, and dumps them into the bowl. She then sprinkles water from the pot (which is water from the river Ganges) to purify the house. Shitala’s name means “the cooling one”. With the change of seasons and coming of the hot period, it is essential to emphasize the importance of hygiene for human health and the worship of Shitala Mata provides the motivation to keep the surroundings clean and hygienic.

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Basoda – food cooked the day before

Most foreign students and visitors at Om Ashram get to know of Shitala Asthami festival through the special food prepared on this occasion. The local customs say that in order to keep Shitala Mata cool on this day the fire should not be burned and the food should not be cooked.  That means one day before the holiday all kitchens in the villages are very busy as all food is being prepared in advance. Our cook, Janaki Bai, explains that ladies leave the food to cool down during the night. In the morning, the food is first offered to Shitala Devi in a ceremony.  Ladies of the house choose a special stone which symbolises Shitala Mata. It is installed on a red cloth, then worshipped with light, incense, flowers, kum kum, water, yoghurt, wheat, henna etc. Ingredients vary according to their availability and bhaktas’ feelings. Specially prepared food is offered to the goddess and then consumed throughout the day as prashad of Shitala Devi.

1 Shitala Mata 2 Puja offerings 3 Puja

4 Puja 5 Puja 6 Ladies at Puja

7 After Puja
Such food is called Basoda coming from the word “basi” which means ‘’from the previous night.’’ The menu for the non-cooking day consists of dishes that do not get spoiled for a longer time on temperatures of Rajasthani spring which are usually above 35°C:

  • khadi (in our ashrams also called Mahaprabhuji’s soup) – a sour yellow soup made from gram flour, buttermilk or yoghurt and spices
  • panchkuta – Rajasthani speciality made of sun-dried vegetables that grow on trees
  • khichiya – crispy chips made from rice flour and spices
  • puri – deep fried bread in many variations: neutral, sweet, with chilli etc.
  • many kinds of crunchy chips made in different colours and shapes.

Unfortunately, photos provide only partial information about the event as they cannot convey the atmosphere, tastes, textures and smells. For a real experience one needs to visit the ashram. Welcome!

8 Basoda 9 Panchkuta 10 Khichiya

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Shitala Mata Aarti | शीतला आरती

जय शीतला माता, मैया जय शीतला माता,

आदि ज्योति महारानी सब फल की दाता। जय शीतला माता…

रतन सिंहासन शोभित, श्वेत छत्र भ्राता,

ऋद्धि-सिद्धि चंवर ढुलावें, जगमग छवि छाता। जय शीतला माता…

विष्णु सेवत ठाढ़े, सेवें शिव धाता,

वेद पुराण बरणत पार नहीं पाता जय शीतला माता…

इन्द्र मृदंग बजावत चन्द्र वीणा हाथा,

सूरज ताल बजाते नारद मुनि गाता। जय शीतला माता…

घंटा शंख शहनाई बाजै मन भाता,

करै भक्त जन आरति लखि लखि हरहाता। जय शीतला माता…

ब्रह्म रूप वरदानी तुही तीन काल ज्ञाता,

भक्तन को सुख देनौ मातु पिता भ्राता। जय शीतला माता…

जो भी ध्यान लगावें प्रेम भक्ति लाता,

सकल मनोरथ पावे भवनिधि तर जाता। जय शीतला माता…

रोगन से जो पीड़ित कोई शरण तेरी आता,

कोढ़ी पावे निर्मल काया अन्ध नेत्र पाता। जय शीतला माता…

बांझ पुत्र को पावे दारिद कट जाता,

ताको भजै जो नाहीं सिर धुनि पछिताता। जय शीतला माता…

शीतल करती जननी तू ही है जग त्राता,

उत्पत्ति व्याधि विनाशत तू सब की घाता। जय शीतला माता…

दास विचित्र कर जोड़े सुन मेरी माता,

भक्ति आपनी दीजे और कुछ भाता।

जय शीतला माता…

According to Hindu Mythology singing Shitala Mata Aarti on a regular basis is the best way to please Goddess Shitala Mata and get her blessing.

How to chant Shitala Mata Aarti

To get the best result you should sing Shitala Mata Aarti early morning after taking bath and in front of Goddess Shitala Mata Idol or picture. You should first understand the Shitala Mata Aarti meaning in hindi to maximize its effect.

Benefits of Shitala Mata Aarti

Regular recitation of Shitala Mata Aarti gives peace of mind and keeps away all the evil from your life and makes you healthy, wealthy and prosperous.

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वन्दे हं शीतलां देवी रासभस्थां दिगम्बराम्।

मार्जनीकलशोपेतां शूर्पालङ्कृतमस्तकाम्।।

अर्थ है दिगम्बरा, गर्दभ वाहन पर विराजित, शूप, झाड़ू और नीम के पत्तों से सजी-संवरी और हाथों में जल कलश धारण करने वाली माता को प्रणाम हैं।

MATA SHITALA CHALISA

|| दोहा ||

जय जय माता शीतला तुमही धरे जो ध्यान। 
होय बिमल शीतल हृदय विकसे बुद्धी बल ज्ञान ॥
घट घट वासी शीतला शीतल प्रभा तुम्हार। 
शीतल छैंय्या शीतल मैंय्या पल ना दार ॥

|| चौपाई ||

जय जय श्री शीतला भवानी । जय जग जननि सकल गुणधानी ॥
गृह गृह शक्ति तुम्हारी राजती । पूरन शरन चंद्रसा साजती ॥

विस्फोटक सी जलत शरीरा । शीतल करत हरत सब पीड़ा ॥
मात शीतला तव शुभनामा । सबके काहे आवही कामा ॥

शोक हरी शंकरी भवानी । बाल प्राण रक्षी सुखदानी ॥
सूचि बार्जनी कलश कर राजै । मस्तक तेज सूर्य सम साजै ॥

चौसट योगिन संग दे दावै । पीड़ा ताल मृदंग बजावै ॥
नंदिनाथ भय रो चिकरावै । सहस शेष शिर पार ना पावै ॥

धन्य धन्य भात्री महारानी । सुर नर मुनी सब सुयश बधानी ॥
ज्वाला रूप महाबल कारी । दैत्य एक विश्फोटक भारी ॥

हर हर प्रविशत कोई दान क्षत । रोग रूप धरी बालक भक्षक ॥
हाहाकार मचो जग भारी । सत्यो ना जब कोई संकट कारी ॥

तब मैंय्या धरि अद्भुत रूपा । कर गई रिपुसही आंधीनी सूपा ॥
विस्फोटक हि पकड़ी करी लीन्हो । मुसल प्रमाण बहु बिधि कीन्हो ॥

बहु प्रकार बल बीनती कीन्हा । मैय्या नहीं फल कछु मैं कीन्हा ॥
अब नही मातु काहू गृह जै हो । जह अपवित्र वही घर रहि हो ॥

पूजन पाठ मातु जब करी है । भय आनंद सकल दुःख हरी है ॥
अब भगतन शीतल भय जै हे । विस्फोटक भय घोर न सै हे ॥

श्री शीतल ही बचे कल्याना । बचन सत्य भाषे भगवाना ॥
कलश शीतलाका करवावै । वृजसे विधीवत पाठ करावै ॥

विस्फोटक भय गृह गृह भाई । भजे तेरी सह यही उपाई ॥
तुमही शीतला जगकी माता । तुमही पिता जग के सुखदाता ॥

तुमही जगका अतिसुख सेवी । नमो नमामी शीतले देवी ॥
नमो सूर्य करवी दुख हरणी । नमो नमो जग तारिणी धरणी ॥

नमो नमो ग्रहोंके बंदिनी । दुख दारिद्रा निस निखंदिनी ॥
श्री शीतला शेखला बहला । गुणकी गुणकी मातृ मंगला ॥

मात शीतला तुम धनुधारी । शोभित पंचनाम असवारी ॥
राघव खर बैसाख सुनंदन । कर भग दुरवा कंत निकंदन ॥

सुनी रत संग शीतला माई । चाही सकल सुख दूर धुराई ॥
कलका गन गंगा किछु होई । जाकर मंत्र ना औषधी कोई ॥

हेत मातजी का आराधन । और नही है कोई साधन ॥
निश्चय मातु शरण जो आवै । निर्भय ईप्सित सो फल पावै ॥

कोढी निर्मल काया धारे । अंधा कृत नित दृष्टी विहारे ॥
बंधा नारी पुत्रको पावे । जन्म दरिद्र धनी हो जावे ॥

सुंदरदास नाम गुण गावत । लक्ष्य मूलको छंद बनावत ॥
या दे कोई करे यदी शंका । जग दे मैंय्या काही डंका ॥

कहत राम सुंदर प्रभुदासा । तट प्रयागसे पूरब पासा ॥
ग्राम तिवारी पूर मम बासा । प्रगरा ग्राम निकट दुर वासा ॥

अब विलंब भय मोही पुकारत । मातृ कृपाकी बाट निहारत ॥
बड़ा द्वार सब आस लगाई । अब सुधि लेत शीतला माई ॥

यह चालीसा शीतला पाठ करे जो कोय ।
सपनेउ दुःख व्यापे नही नित सब मंगल होय ॥

बुझे सहस्र विक्रमी शुक्ल भाल भल किंतू ।
जग जननी का ये चरित रचित भक्ति रस बिंतू ॥

॥ इति श्री शीतला चालीसा समाप्त॥

DOHA
Jaya jaya maataa shiitalaa, tumahii dhare jo dhyaana .
Hoya bimala shiitala hridaya, vikase buddhii bala gyaana .Ghata ghata vaasii shiitalaa, shiitala prabhaa tumhaara.
Shiitala chhai.nyyaa main jhulayi, mayyaa pala naa daara.
Jaya jaya Shri shiitalaa bhavaanii, jaya jaga janani sakala gunakhaanii.
Griha griha shakti tumhaarii raajati, puurana sharadha cha.ndra saam saajatii
Visphotaka sii jalata shariiraa, shiitala karata harata saba piiraa.
Maatu shiitalaa, tava shubha naamaa, sabake kaadhe aavahii kaamaa.
Shoka harii, shankarii bhavaanii, baala praana rakshii sukhadaanii.
Suuchi maarjanii kalasha kara raajai, mastaka teja suurya sama saajai.
Chausata yogina sanga me gaavai, viinaa taala mridanga bajaavai.
Nruthyaa naatha bhayaro dhikaraavai, sahasa shesha shiva paara naa paavai.
Dhanya dhanya dhaatrii mahaaraanii, sura nara munii tav suyasha bakhaanii.
Jvaalaa ruupa mahaa bala kaarii, daitya eka vishphotaka bhaarii.
Ghara ghara pravishata koi na rakshata, roga ruupa dharii baalaka bhakshaka.
Haahaakaara macho jaga bhaarii, sakyo naa jaba koi sankata thaarii.
Taba mainyyaa dhari adhbhuta ruupaa, kara gai musal marjhiinii suupaa.
Visphotaka hi pakadii karii liinho, musala prahaara bahu bidhi kiinha.
Bahu prakaara vaha biinatii kiinhaa, maiyyaa nahiin bhala kachhu main kiinhaa.
Aba nahii maatu kaahuu griha jai ho, jaha apavitra vahii ghara rahi ho.
Puujana paatha, maatu jaba karii hai, havaya aananda sakala duhkha harii hai.
Ba bhagat tana shiitala havaya jai he, visphotaka bhaya ghora na sai he.
Shri shiitala hii bache kalyaanaa, bachana satya bhaashe bhagavaanaa.
Kalasha shiitalaakaa karavaavai, vrijase vidhiivata paatha karaavai.
Visphotaka bhaya jihi griha bhaai, bhaje Devi kaha yahii upaai.
Kalasha shiitala ka sajvavey, hwij se vidhivat paat karaave
Tumahii shiitalaa jaga kii maataa, tumahii pitaa jaga ke sukhadaataa.
Tumahii jagaddhaatri sukha sevii, namo namaamii shiitale devii.
Namo suurya karavii dukha haranii, namo namo jaga taarinii dharanii.
Namo namo grahonke bandinii, dukha daaridraa nisa nikhandinii.
Shri shiitalaa shekhalaa bahalaa, gunakii gunakii maatri mangalaa.
Maata shiitalaa tuma dhanudhaari, shobhita panchanaama asavaarii.
Raaghava khara baisaakha sunandana, kara bhaga duravaa kanta nikandana.
Sunii rata sanga shiitalaa maai, chaahii sakala sukha duura dhuraai.
Kalakaa gana gangaa kichhu hoi, jaakara mantra naa aushadhii koi.
Heta maatajii kaa aaraadhana, aura nahii hai koi saadhana.
Nishchaya maatu sharana jo aavai, nirbhaya iipsita so phala paavai.
Kodhii nirmala kaayaa dhaare, andhaa krita nita drishtii vihaare.
Bandhaa naarii putrako paave, janma daridra dhanii ho jaave.
Sundaradaasa naama guna gaavata, lakshya muulako chhanda banaavata.
Yaa de koi kare yadii shankaa, jaga de mainyyaa kaahii dankaa.
Kahata raama sundara prabhudaasaa, tata prayaagase puuraba paasaa.
Graama tivaarii puura mama baasaa, pragaraa graama nikata dura vaasaa.
Aba vilamba bhaya mohii pukaarata, maatru kripaa kii baata nihaarata.

Badaa dvaara saba aasa lagaai, aba sudhi leta shiitalaa maai.

SHITALA ASHTAKAM

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Mata Shitala Ki Katha

Location – How to reach

Jai ma shitala

Mata shitala ka ye mandir Uttar pradesh state ke Mirzapur district ke chunar tehsil(33 km from mirzapur) ke adalpura namak gaon me hai.
yanha pahuchne ke liye apko har tarah ka transport arrangement hai.
aap agar airways se aana chahte hai to nearest airport jo ki Babatpur(city in varanasi district) hai.
Train se aane walo ke liye bhi Varanasi, Mirzapur ya chunar station hai. In stations aur airport se taxi ya auto aapko mata ke dham tak pahucha sakte hai.

Chunar Railway Station
Chunar, Uttar Pradesh
1. Head east on Dargah Sharif Station Rd

Pass by Old Shiv Temple

(on the right in 3.3 km)
4.6 km
2. Continue onto SH 74

Pass by Gramin Hospital

(on the right in 400 m)
5.0 km
3. Turn right at Pragati School

onto Sheetla Dham Road Adalpura
1.4 km
Sheetla Dham Adalpura
Mirzapur
Uttar Pradesh
varanasi cantt station – 25 km from chunar
Varanasi Junction Railway Station
Chaukaghat, Railwayganj Colony
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
1. Head towards SH 73

south-west on Unknown road
750 m
2. Turn right onto SH 73
1.8 km
3. Turn left onto SH 74/​SH 98

Continue to follow SH 74
Pass by Indian Oil 2

(on the left in 3.3 km)
19.6 km
4. Turn left at Pragati School

onto Sheetla Dham Road Adalpura
1.4 km
Sheetla Dham Adalpura
Mirzapur
Uttar Pradesh
Mirzapur station
Mirzapur Railway Station
Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh
1. Head towards Station Rd

north on Unknown road
67 m
2. Turn right onto Station Rd

Pass by Petrol Pump

(on the right in 550 m)
950 m
3. Continue onto NH 7

Pass by Kamuna Credit Co-operative Society Limited

(on the right in 1.0 km)
30.7 km
4. Turn left onto Dargah Sharif Station Rd

Pass by Old Shiv Temple

(on the right in 3.7 km)
4.9 km
5. Continue onto SH 74

Pass by Gramin Hospital

(on the right in 400 m)
5.0 km
6. Turn right at Pragati School

onto Sheetla Dham Road Adalpura
1.4 km
Sheetla Dham Adalpura
Mirzapur
Uttar Pradesh
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