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 and ends 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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