Being at 'RedRoom' is always pleasant and exciting experience for me. I regret for not spending much time here like before. Today I want to share with you a small but very 'grass rooted' festival of Indian common popularization. Today is the 21st day of tenth Hindu month Shravana.The next coming 22nd day is Shitala Satam.
Shitala(शीतला śītalā) is a Hindu goddess being worshiped to secure safety from skin disease.She is the Goddess of sores, ghouls, pustules and pox.Shitala literally means smallpox in Sanskrit. Śītalā is more often called mā or āmmā (‘mother’) and is worshiped by Hindus, Buddhists and tribal communities. In some traditions she is identified as Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
Apart from the mythological points, there are tradition and beliefs of common people.Influenced by a folk tale of this goddess,people believes that 'Shitala' comes to all houses on Shitala Satam and takes rest in stove or oven. She may also check about the cleanliness of the place & kitchen. To provide her safety & comfort no one will light a stove or use fire of any kind for cooking tomorrow.So today they are cooking all the food for lunch and dinner,to be consumed tomorrow. Dear Mary Wilkinson,you know that my wife is a dedicated cook like you. She single handedly cooked these dishes spending entire day in the kitchen.Have a look at it.All the recipes are cooked in a way to remain fresh for two days. Thepla, Vada, Puri, Handvo [Indian pancakes], Sprouted Mung, Farsi Puri & 'Sweet-Kheer' all vegetarian items.
Mars on many occasions I talked with her about your mastery of cooking and writing. So I invite you with family and all my redroom friends to join us for a treat.
Happy 'Shitla Satam' and may goddess bless and protect you from all skin problems.