Shitala Sasthi (7 jun)

Shitala Sasthi festival is especially celebrated in Brahmin communities of Orissa. It is the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.To beget a child this vow is observed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha of the Magha month. After daily ablutions, Sheetla Devi is worshipped in 16 steps known as Shodhashopchar. Cold eatables are offered to the Goddess and stale food is eaten after this. After food religious rites are performed to appease the Goddess.Sital Sashti is celebrated in grand manner at Puri Loknath Temple, Bhubaneswar Lingaraj Temple, and Sambalpur Temple. Tens of thousands of people throng the temples to catch the event of Shiva Parvati Kalyan.

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