Skanda Shashti or Subramanya Shashti

Skanda Shashti or Subramanya Shashti is also known as Skanda Shashti or Kanda Shashti or Champa Shashti or Shashti. This is an unique festival dedicated to Lord Subramanya.According to Rig Veda Lord Subramanya or Lord Muruga is considered as the overwhelming power. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. He is considered as god of love, beauty and knowledge.

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On the Shashti day Lord Subramanya or Lord Muruga has destroyed Sura Padman, the super-demon. It is believed that the demon Sura Padman was destroyed at Tiruchendur one among the six sacred bastions. On this day devotees immerse themselves reading stories and sing Bhajans and Kirtans / Devotional songs of Lord Subramanya. People worship the snake mound with great devotion. They worship the mound with all the pooja items and pour milk into the mound. It is believed that offering milk to snake on this day will protect thier family and bless with prosperity.

Skanda Shashti is the festival to commemorate the victory of Lord Subramanya. The deity, Lord Subrahmanya is taken in a palanquin through the city streets, with the music of trumpets, drums and tradition musical instruments. The word “Shashti” comes from the Sanskrit cardinal ShaRh (six), whence the ordinal number (linguistics) ShaShTha (sixth). During Skanda Shashti devotees avoid non-vegetarian food and some even avoid onion and garlic in their food.

Champa Shashti is celebrated on sixth day of the Margsheersh Shukla Paksh. This year Champa Shashti is on 11th December, 2010.

May Lord Subramanya Swamy shower His blessings on you.

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