Subramanya Sashti is one of the major festivals dedicated to Lord Subramanya, who is also known Kartikeya, Murugan, Shanmukha and Skanda. In 2016, Subramanya Sashti date is December 5.
On Sashti in each month, Lord Subramanya is offered special pujas and Abhishekams. But, Subramanya Sashti is a highly meritorious day to perform puja to the six-faced god, Shanmukha. It falls on the sixth day of Margashira Masam as per the calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
All temples dedicated to Subramanya Swamy in South India celebrate this festival with utmost enthusiasm and joyous fervor. Apart from Aarupadaiveedu in Tamil Nadu (Tirupparamkunram, Thiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani & Pazhamudircholai); Kukke Subramanya Temple near Mysore, Ghati Subramanya Temple near Bangalore, Skandagiri Subramanya Temple in Secunderabad (Hyderabad), Mopidevi Subramanya Swamy Temple near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh are the major temples where Subramanya Sashti is celebrated with utmost gusto.
In other parts of India, this festival is celebrated as Malhari Sashti, Champa Sashti, Guha Sashti, Martand Sashti, etc..