The festival of Skanda Shashti is dedicated to Lord Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is the birthday of Lord Muruga, when he was born from the sparks from Lord Shiva’s third eye. The sparks were too hot to handle and were immersed inside the water. The sparks later turned into children who were raised by foster mothers known as “Karthigai Pengal”. It was Goddess Parvati, who merged all the children into one child called Karthikeya, as he was raised by Karthigai Pengal. This is celebrated on the sixth day corresponding to Sashti Tithi or the Shukla paksha in the month of Karthika, which corresponds to the months of October – November, according to the Gregorian calendar.