Sheetala Sasthi is also know as Shitala Shasti. Sheetala Sasthi is the marriage function of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati observed in Orissa. The festival begins on the Jyeshta Shukla Panchami day. The most famous Shitala Sasthi yatra (Sital Shasthi Jatra) is held at Sambalpur in Orissa.
This celebration of marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva with Parvati starts with the untying of the wedding knot of the Devine couple. Devotees act as their parents to perform the marriage rituals. The bridegroom's procession popularly known as 'Barat' begins on the 5th night of Jyestha and the marriage is solemnized in the traditional manner on the 6th day. In many Shiva temples across the state, the wedding celebrations are arranged in a grand manner. The Barat is offered delicacies in celebration of the celestial wedding. This festival is prevalent among the Brahmins of the State. It is believed that Shiva became furious after Jagara Amavasya and was cooled down only after marriage to Parvati. So, this marriage festival is called Sital Sasthi.
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