Indian Fast & Festivals

Skand Shashthi Vrat

25 Mar (Wednesday), 2015

12 Apr (Tuesday), 2016

02 Apr (Sunday), 2017

Significance

Shashti in Krishna Paksha of Kartik month is known as Skanda Shashti. According to Puranas, Lord Kartikeya was born on Shashti tithi. Hence, Lord Skanda is worshipped on this day. This day is considered very important for keeping a fast. A person should begin the fast from Panchami. Lord Skanda should be worshipped on Shashti tithi.

This fast is considered to be very important in mythology. Due to this, Skanda Shashti is celebrated with a lot of devotion and dedication. It is believed that King Sharyati and Saint Bhargava are also associated with Skanda Shashti. It is also believed that Saint Chyavan receives his eyesight on this day.

According to Brahma Vaivarta Purana, a person’s dead child may come back to life due to this fast. Skanda Shashti worship is considered to be very important in Puranas. Lord Skanda, who originated through Lord Shiva’s energy, took six different forms which came to be known as Kartikeya. Puranas and Upanishads explain the importance and magnificence of Lord Skanda.

History

According to Puranas, there was a battle between Devas and Demons. In this battle, demons were dominated devas and as a result, devas went to Lord Brahma to ask for help. Lord Brahma told them that only Lord Shiva’s son would be able to kill the demons. However, Lord Shiva was in deep meditation after Goddess Sati’s death.

Lord Indra and other devas went to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva wanted to help devas and married Goddess Parvati. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married on an auspicious day. As a result, Kartikeya was born who killed Tarkasur. Devas regained their honor and dominance.

How to Celebrate

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on this day. A special worship is offered in temples. Lord Skanda’s idol is established and lamps are lit. Devotees consider this day to be very important and worship continuously. The Lord is given a bath and decorated with new clothes. He is also worshipped and offered food or sweets. Worshipping Lord Skanda and asking for something special is very beneficial on this day. Sadhna also plays an important role on this day. A person should not consume meat, alcohol, onion or garlic on this day.



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