"Sitalaa, Smallpox and donkeys

Somdev Vasudeva somdev.vasudeva at oriental-institute.oxford.ac.uk
Fri Sep 1 21:27:20 UTC 1995

Can someone kindly direct me to literary references in Skt. explaining the 
connection of the Goddess "Sitalaa with smallpox and her vehicle the 
donkey? I have been informed that this deity is still worshipped in 
parts of Rajasthan where an annual festival is held in her honour 
involving a stick-dance performed by men wearing enormous skirts. Do any 
accounts or studies of this ritual exist?

Thank you,

Somdev Vasudeva

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