Skanda Sashti is a monthly one-day holy event. Generally, there are 12, monthly, Skanda Sashtis in a year. Skanda refers to the son of the supreme deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is Lord Skanda’s brother. The name Skanda is more popular in south India. In fact, the event Skanda Sashti is most popular among Tamil Hindus. Skanda is the same Lord as Lord Kartikeya aka Kartika, Murugan, Sharavana etc. Lord Kartikeya is called the God of War and Victory.
The Sanskrit word-number Sas means 6. Sashta or Sashti means 6th. The number six holds significance to Lord Kartikeya. Lord Kartikeya is believed to be cared for and raised by 6 mothers. The 6 sisters are also referred to the 3rd of the 27 Nakshatras, the Krittika Nakshatra. Krritika Nakashatra is often related to the Greek’s Pleiades; however, Pleiades means the cluster of 7 sister stars.
Sashti means the 6th day of each of the two phases of the moon in the month’s lunar fortnights. Skanda Sashti is observed on the 6th day, Tithi, of the Shukla Paksha moon phase. Shukla Paksha is the waxing-rising moon phase. The day of Skanda Sashti is dedicated in devotion and worship to Lord Skanda.
The Gregorian dates of Skanda Sashti in 2019 are -
In Astrology, those born in the Krittika Nakshatra are said to be aggressive, assertive, active, charged, energetic, passionate etc. However, each native has a unique natal birth chart, Janam Kundli, therefore an Astrologer or Priest can tell accurately about any native through his-her birth chart. Krittika Nakshatra relates to Aries and Taurus. The planet Mars rules the sign Aries.
Many natives, devotees of Lord Skanda observe a Vrat, fast on the occasion of Skanda Sashti. Consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian are strictly prohibited. Many perform prayers Puja at home. Some visit the Lord Kartikeya temples. Flowers are offered to the idol or image of the Lord Skanda. Normally, just a single meal through the day is allowed. Sometimes there are certain special fasting Vrat food items. Consumption of fruits, water etc are allowed.
A Mantra for Lord Skanda is -
Om Sharavana Bhavaya Namah
ॐ शरवण भवाय नमः
(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-02-07 17:41:55 )
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