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Skanda Sashti is celebrated on the sixth day of the lunar month as per the Tamil calendar. It is also known as Kanda Shashti, and it is one of the most important days that is majorly celebrated in Tamil Nadu and other South India regions.
The day is dedicated to the God of War, Lord Muruga, also known as Karthikey. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati; Lord Muruga is known for defeating the demon Surapadma and exemplifying that goodness always wins over evil.
Thus to celebrate the victory of Lord Skanda, people observe fast on this day and worship the Lord with all the rituals. It is considered that by worshipping Lord Skanda, he blesses the devotees with prosperity, happiness, and prestige.
Lord Skanda or Karthikey was created by Lord Shiva to defeat all the demon kings and their demon army as per the Hindu scriptures. Tarakasura, along with Simhamukha and Surapadma, was creating havoc in heaven. They created their army of demons and made the God-likes leave heaven.
It was getting more and more difficult to control the demon kings. That is where all the God-likes or Devatas approached Lord Shiva and requested him to defeat the demons. Lord Shiva then came out of his Samadhi, and he created Lord Skanda with his third eye.
Upon creation, Goddess Parvati and all other Devas blessed him with different powers and weaponry to fight the demons.
The fight then went on for six days, and in all these days, Lord Skanda defeated every demon king and freed the heaven from their confinement. Since that day, to celebrate this victory, devotees worship the Lord and become grateful for the Godly act.
Observing fast on this day for Lord Skanda has significant benefits. Devotees get the blessings from the Lord, which makes their lives improved in terms of growth, prosperity, and recognition. The Lord sanctifies their devotees with the power to fight against all the odds and get the results of their efforts.
Following are the steps about observing the fast:
There are many great benefits of worshipping Lord Skanda on this day. Those who are suffering from the adverse effects of Rahu, Ketu, Kala Sarpa dosha, or Sarpa Shraap are advised to worship Lord Skanda. Observing fast on this day and getting involved in all the rituals bring huge relief to the sufferers.
Kavacham or Skanda Sashti Kavacham is a devotional song dedicated to Lord Skanda. Chanting this song during the six days pleases the Lord, and it helps the devotees to experience pure bliss and devotion toward Lord Skanda. One should recite the Kavacham 36 times a day while observing the fast.
It is said that the song was composed by a student of Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai in the 16th century. The first four lines are called Kaappu, and the two hundred and thirty-eight verses are known as Kavacham; the song is written in Tamil.
During these six days celebration, one can wear a Six Mukhi Rudraksha as a bracelet or pendant to reap the ultimate benefits from this event. It is said that the Six Mukhi Rudraksha is ruled by Lord Skanda, the War God, and it also soothes the planet Mars. Wearing the Rudraksha during the event fills devotees with willpower, courage, and focus that he can implement in various fields of his life.
However, those who are short-tempered, going through hardships in relations, facing loss in business, or getting failure in everything will get benefited from Shree Mangal yantra. One can keep it in the pocket, cash locker in the South corner of the home. This soothes the planet Mars which in return helps the person manage his anger and brings happiness and auspiciousness in his life.
Do celebrate Skanda Sashti this year and seek the divine blessing of Lord Skanda. Fill your life with positivity, happiness, and prosperity.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.