Skanda Sashti, Kanda Shashti, is a six-day festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Aippasi masam. In 2020, Skanda Sashti starts on November 15 and ends on November 20. Soorasamharam & Thirukalyanam are on November 20 and November 21 respectively.
Skanda Sashti is celebrated throughout Tamilnadu, Kerala and some places of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and in other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
Skanda Sashti 2020 schedule
15 November 2020 – Skanda Shashti Fasting begins (Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 1)
16 November 2020 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 2
17 November 2020 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 3
18 November 2020 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 4
19 November 2020 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 5
20 November 2020 – Soora Samharam Skanda Shashti – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 6
21 November 2020 – Thirukalyanam
During Skanda Shashti, some devotees observed fasting for all six days but some other people keep fasting only on Soora Samharam day.
Skanda Shashti Puaj is generally observed for six days starting from the sixth day in the bright half of the Aippasi month according to Tamil calendar. Aippasi month usually falls during October – November.
Skanda Shashti is dedicated to Lord Skanda, the younger son of Lord Shiva. Lord Skanda is also called as Lord Subramanya or Murugan or Sanat Kumara or Kumara Swamy or Shanmukha or Karthikeya. He is one of the purposeful divine incarnations.
Skanda Shashti falls during Kartik Month as per all other calendars other than Tamil and Malayali calendars.
Skanda Sashti 2020 in Other Countries
Skanda Sashti in USA – 19 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in Canada – 19 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in Singapore – 20 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in Malaysia – 20 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in UAE & Middle East – 20 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in UK & European countries – 20 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in Australia – 20 November 2020
Skanda Sashti in New Zealand – 20 November 2020
Skanda Sashti Celebrations in Temples dedicated to Lord Murugan
Skanda Sashti is celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm in the temples dedicated to Lord Murugan throughout Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In Tamil Nadu, the most popular temples of Murugan are – Tirupparankundram, Tiruchendur, Palani, Swami Malai, Tiruttani and Palamuthirsolai.
In Karnataka, Kukke Subramanya Swamy temple is the famous Murugan temple.
In Hyderabad, Skandagiri Subramanya swamy temple is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Murugan in Telangana. Mopidevi Subramanya Swamy Temple is one of the famous temples in Andhra Pradesh.