Skanda Shasti is the most important festival dedicated to Lord Muruga or Karthikeya. It is observed in the month of Aippasi (October-November) and commemorates the victory of Lord Skanda over the Demon Surapadma.
Skanda Sashti commemorates the destruction of evil by the Supreme General Karthikeya (Lord Muruga), son of Lord Shiva, and is celebrated with the dramatic enactment of Soora Samhaaram (a play where Muruga kills the demon).
Corresponding to the six- day war against the evil forces, devotees undertake fasting, prayers and devotional singing to Lord Muruga. The 6 abodes of Muruga overflow with crowds during this period, as they seek his divine grace.
Lord Murugan, the God of war, like most other Hindu deities, is also known by many other names like Skanda, Saravana, Karthikkeya, Arumugam etc. ‘Murugu’ means ‘beauty’ and thus ‘Murugan’ means the ‘Beautiful one’. It is believed that Lord Muruga never hesitates to come to the aid of a devotee when called upon in piety or distress.
The Story behind Skanda Shasti
The story of Skanda Shasti describes the birth of Lord Skanda or Kumara and the reason for His divine incarnation.The mythology of Muruga is well-known in South India where people adore him as Subramanya, the lance-wielding son of Shiva.
The story narrates the slaying of the demon/anti God, Surapadma. To put an end to the demon’s reign of terror, the celestial beings led by their king, Indra, sought the help of Brahma. Brahma proclaimed that only the spark of Shiva can produce the hero, who will defeat the evil powers and requested the help of Parvati and Kama (the God of Love). Parvati agreed to help and engaged herself in severe penance to attract Shiva’s attention, while Kama engaged himself in the “suicidal mission” of arousing Shiva from His samadhi.
Lord Muruga’s Power Weapon – Vel
The Vel is a psychic weapon representing shakti or higher intelligence. This spear was given to Muruga by his Mother, Goddess Parvati. Nothing is more powerful than the vel as it destroys karma, negativity and doubt. Always visualize it in the space between your two eyebrows, or the 3rd eye. Every Tuesday, which is Muruga’s or the Lord of Mars’ power day, pour water on the vel and recite the quantum sound or mantra:
“Om Vetri Vel, Muruga Vel”
Skanda Sashti Celebrations with AstroVed
You can get rid of your self-limiting beliefs, expand and elevate your life during the time of Skanda Sashti. Be with us as we celebrate the auspicious 6 days of Lord Muruga by performing special poojas and rituals. The celebrations will begin in Oct and will continue till Nov.