What is Sashti Viratham?
Sashti Viratham, also known as Skanda Sashti, is a significant religious observance celebrated by Hindus, especially those who worship Lord Muruga (also known as Kartikeya, Skanda, or Subramanya). It falls on the sixth day (Sashti) of the bright half of the lunar month in the Hindu calendar, which is typically observed in the Tamil month of Aippasi (October-November).
Lord Muruga is considered the God of war, valor, and wisdom and is highly revered in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. Sashti Viratham is dedicated to the worship of Lord Muruga and is believed to commemorate the victory of Lord Muruga over the demon Soorapadman.
During the six-day period leading up to Sashti, devotees observe fasting, perform special prayers, read sacred texts, and engage in various acts of penance and devotion. The fast is often broken at noon on the sixth day after special prayers and offerings are made to Lord Muruga.
The highlight of the Sashti Viratham festival is the reenactment of the divine battle between Lord Muruga and the demon Soorapadman. In some places, processions are held, and devotees carry ‘kavadis,’ which are elaborate and decorative wooden or metal structures, as an act of penance and devotion to Lord Muruga. These kavadis are offered to the deity in gratitude for blessings received or as a way of seeking protection and guidance.
Sashti Viratham holds deep spiritual and cultural significance for devotees of Lord Muruga, and it is observed with great enthusiasm and devotion across various temples and communities in South India. The festival represents the triumph of good over evil and serves as a reminder of the power and grace of Lord Muruga in the lives of his devotees.
We have listed out 6 days sashti viratham and soorasamharam date as per tamil calendar.
What dates do the six-day Sashti Viratham in 2023 fall on?
Skanda Shashthi (Soorasamharam) function celebrated in the month of November 2023. Tamil people use to do sasthi viratham for 6 days and worship lord murugan.
- Monday, November 13, 2023 – Sashti Begins
- Tuesday, November 14, 2023
- Wednesday, November 15, 2023
- Thursday, November 16, 2023
- Friday, November 17, 2023
- Saturday, November 18, 2023 ( Soorasamharm)
This is also a type of viratham that is carried out for Lord Murugan. During these six days Lord Murugan fights with Soorapadman and at the end of 7th day he slices the head into halves. One half is made into a hen and another into a peacock. This comes when it is sashti tithi along with panchami tithi. People keep fast during this viratham.
Which day is Skanda Sashti (Soorasamharam) in 2023?
Skanda Shashthi (Soorasamharam) is being observed on Saturday, November 18, 2023, this year. Kanda Shasti Viratham begins on Monday, November 13, 2023
கந்த சஷ்டி விரத நாட்கள் – 2023
திருச்செந்தூர் முருகன் கோவில் மையமாக வைத்து தான் சஷ்டி விரதம் நாட்கள் குறிப்பிட படுகுறது. இந்தியாவில் வசிப்பவர்கள் & வெளிநாட்டில் வசித்தாலும் திருச்செந்தூரை பின்பற்றுபவர்கள்