Tomorrow is Shitala Saptami.

Shitala Saptami is an important Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Shitala or Shitala Mata.

She is known to be the Goddess who cleans all the viruses (Quite relevant today). Her mythological stories have been mentioned in Skanda Purana.
It is observed twice in a year, once during the ‘Krishna Paksha Saptami’ (during the waning phase of moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Chaitra’ & the second occurrence is during the ‘Shukla Paksha Saptami’ (during the waxing phase of moon) in ‘Shravana’ month.
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.

I'll divide the thread into two parts:

Part I : Effects of Moon and it phases on us and
Part II : Why eat a particular diet on this day.

Each and every ritual will be backed by rational scientific theories.

Are you all ready for it?

It's celebrated in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa etc.

Please let me know what do you call this festival in your region.
Part I: Effects of Moon and its phases on Body and mind

A basic association that is drawn is that the moon influences the water element. It influences the way tides rise & fall.
Our bodies are made up of 90% water, so it is not unlikely that the moon should have an influence on our bodies and mind as well.

Quantum physics also talks about how everything in the universe—stars, planets, galaxies, living beings—operates on a certain frequency.
And so, the frequency of the moon also interacts with the frequency of our mind to create a certain impact on us. The moon influences both the conscious and subconscious mind. 

The moon affects our minds and emotional states across gender.
The moon’s gravitational pull is strongest when it reaches a new phase. If the Moon’s gravitation pull is strong during these phases, then it has the strongest effect on our bodies.
This is why it is so important to start the diet exactly at the time when the natural satellite of the Moon enters a new phase and stop it at the same hour the next day. The Westerners call this as the "Moon diet".

Please Google the word 'Moon diet' to understand more.
But we Santanis followed Lunar calendar very strictly. Ekadashis, Saptami, Ashtami, Chaturthi all are based on the phases of moon.

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