Skanda Sashti, Kanda Shashti, is a six-day festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Aippasi masam. In 2017, Skanda Sashti starts on October 20 and ends on October 26. Soorasamharam & Thirukalyanam are on 25 and 26 October 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 2017 schedule
20 October 2017 – Skanda Shashti Fasting begins (Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 1)
21 October 2017 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 2
22 October 2017 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 3
23 October 2017 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 4
24 October 2017 – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 5
25 October 2017 – Soora Samharam Skanda Shashti – Skanda Shashti Fasting Day 6
26 October 2017 – 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 2017 in Other Countries
Skanda Sashti in USA – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in Canada – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in Singapore – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in Malaysia – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in UAE & Middle East – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in UK & European countries – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in Australia – 25 October 2017
Skanda Sashti in New Zealand – 25 October 2017
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.