Lord SkandaSkandaThe fifth manifestation of the Durga worshipped on Navratri... is a son of the divine couple ShivaShivaShiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... & ParvatiParvatiAfter the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva.... He has one younger brother GaneshaGaneshaThe guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ... and sister Ashok Sundari. Skanda is the popular Hindu deity revered by Tamil Hindus. He is also known as KartikeyaKartikeyaKartikeya is the son of Shiva and Parvatiand is regarded as the commander- in-chief the army of the gods. Being the son of the supreme couple, MuruganMuruganMurugan, also known as Kumaran, is a Hindu deity and son of Shiva and Parvati. He is regarded as the commander- in-chief of the army of the gods. and Subramanyam. Many Hindu epics mentioned Skanda as the incarnation of Shiva.
Skanda was born primarily to wipe out the demon Tarakasura He was a powerful demon who was fathered by Vajranaka. He was also known as Taraka and was always able to defeat Gods in wars. The heaven was almost on the verge of collapse. No one was able to stop him therefore all the Gods wanted Shiva to end him. Shiva was in extreme meditation and thus no one dared to disturb him. The Gods approached Kamadeva and him to create an untimely spring and break his mediation with the help of an arrow of lust. Ultimately it was Kartikeya who killed the demon as Shiva was extremely furious due to the act of Kamadeva.
who had created lawlessness on earth. Secondarily to restore Dharma (Cosmic law upheld by the Gods and must be chosen by the humans to lead a virtuous life).
Skanda was the commander-in-chief of the Gods army and slayed the demon after the end of the battle that lasted for six days.
Sashti Tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda. Devotees keep fast during Sashti day that is the sixth day of bright phase (Shukla Paksha or waxing phase) of the moon every month.
In the year 2015, the Skanda Sashti fast will be observed on the following dates.
How people observe fast on Skanda Sashti?
People keep Fast on the occasion of Skanda Sashti by adhering to the following rules: