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Skanda Sashti is observed on the sixth day of the bright fortnight of the Tamil month of Aippasi. This year, Skanda Sashti began on November 3 andends on November 7, 2013.

It is an important festival of South India and is observed to commemorate the destruction of evil by Lord Subramanya aka Kartikeya or Muruga, who on this day, is believed to have annihilated the mythical demon Taraka or Surapadma.

Tamils around the world observe 6 days of fasting as a build-up to the festival that ends with the celebration of 'Tirukalyanam,' (November 9) while many others observe a single-day fast on the 6th day - the 'Soora Samharam' day (November 8). Skanda Sashti is celebrated in most parts of South India, as well as abroad, especially Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore... Read Full Article

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November 9, 2010 at 3:34 am
(1) Faezal says:

It is interesting how revered Lord Kartikeya is in southern parts of India and Asia, unlike northern India where many of his legendary facets are unknown. In fact, he is attributed for the symbol ‘Om’ (which in Tamil is of a slightly different shape), for explaining its significance to his father Shiva, and even punishing Brahma for forgetting its meaning! Even his temples have an uncommon elevated construct to depict his abode in the mountains. The world sure needs to know more of this great God, especially his six heads to serve as a guide for leading a morally righteous life.

November 13, 2010 at 6:02 am
(2) suvie says:

The world sure needs to know more of this great God, especially his six heads to serve as a guide for leading a morally righteous life.

November 2, 2011 at 7:45 am
(3) maliga reddy says:

hi thank you for all your email it is my pleasure to learn about gods and goddess and about hinduism please send me more on tamil weddings how to conduct all the prayer and also how to conduct prayer when dies.thank you for all your newletter mr.subhamoy das.lots of love maliga reddy south africa. keep up your good work may lord shiva shower his blessing upon you and give you all the strenth.

November 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm
(4) madan says:

Thanks a lot i need to know more about south indian prayers

November 21, 2012 at 12:40 am
(5) Pramod says:

You are indeed a man of great knowledge and talent. Thank you for your articles which are always so well written and easy to follow and understand. Much appreciated. ………

November 5, 2013 at 4:18 am
(6) Dennis Naidoo says:

Being on you email list for the past two years has given me great knowledge in Hindusim .
The special prayer dates and your write up on the various spritual topics are very informative.
Thank you very much Mr Subhamony Das.

November 8, 2013 at 5:31 am
(7) ruben says:

I am pleased to learn about this site. Here in Mauritius, there is great enthusiasm in the celebrations of Shanda Shasthi. All kovils offer prayers in honour of Lord Skanda and recite the Kavacam. I am secretary of a kovil located in the southernmost part of Mauritius and tonight we are celebrating this festival with the grandeur due to Lord Subramanya. Vettri Vel Muruganukku! Haro! Hara!

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