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Skanda Sashti 2021: Dates, Vrata and Puja

Skanda Sashti

What is Skanda Sashti?

Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti is celebrated to worship Lord Skanda, who is an avatar ofLord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. During this Sashti, devotees keep vratam, observe fast, sing Skanda Sashti Kavacham, and perform Sabramanya Shasti Pooja. It is one of the major southern festivals that glorifies Lord Skanda or Sabramanya. In the Skanda Purana, it is mentioned that the demons under the commands of Tarakasura along with Simhamukha and Surapadma created havoc in the heavenly abodes of different gods and goddesses. It was Lord Skanda who defeated all these demons and freed the gods.

Generally, people are aware of Ganesha Chaturthi that happens in Bhadrapada (Aug-Sept) but SankashtiChaturthi and Vinayaka Chaturthi are also significant as both are related to Lord Ganesha.

So far as Skanda Sashti Vratam is concerned, the auspicious tithi is when Sashti Tithi happens withPanchami Tithi. Skanda Sashti Vratam may be observed on Panchami Tithi.

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Skanda Sashti
Month (2021) Date Day Tithi
January 18 MON Skanda
Feb 17 WED Skanda
March 19 FRI Skanda
April 18 SUN Skanda
May 17 MON Skanda
June 16 WED Skanda
July 15 THU Skanda
August 13 FRI Skanda
September 12 SUN Skanda
October 11 MON Skanda
November 9 TUE   Soora Samharam
December 9 THU Subrahmanya Sashti

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Skanda Sashti Viratham 2021/Skanda Sashti Fasting: How to Celebrate Skanda Sashti

Skanda Sashti is dedicated to Lord Skanda or Sabramanya, one observes fast on this day to please the Lord who is also known as Lord Murugan.

Month (2021) Date Day Tithi Sunrise  (AM) Sunset (PM)
January 18 Mon Skanda 7:15 6:23
Feb 17 Wed Skanda 07:06 06:39
March 19 Fri Skanda 06:43 06:49
April 18 Sun Skanda 06:19 06:57
May 17 Mon Skanda 06:03 07:07
June 16 Wed Skanda 6:01 07:18
July 15 Thu  Skanda 06:09 07:20
August 13 Fri Skanda 6:19 7:07
September 12 Sun Skanda 6:25 6:44
October 11 Mon Skanda 6:31 6:19
November 9 Tue Soora Samharam 6:43 6:02
December 9 Thu Subrahmanya Sashti 7:00 6:01

  • You can observe fast from sunrise to sunset following the time given.
  • You can eat nothing or just consume satvik food such as fruits and milk.
  • You can chant Skanda Sashti Kavacham, a devotional prayer for protection and blessings from Lord Murugan.
  • Chant ‘Om Sharavana Bhava’ mantra 108 times on a bead mala (Rudraksha) to please the Almighty.
  • You can wear Mars Power Mala having Six Mukhi Rudraksha bead ruled by the planet Mars which is under the control of Lord Kartikeya.
  • You can wear a Six Mukhi Rudraksha bead as a bracelet, locket, or pendant. A Six Mukhi Rudraksha is ruled by the War god, Lord Kartikeya, and pacifies planet Mars. Best for willpower, courage, perfection in one’s profession, grounding, and focus.
  • If you are suffering from delays or disharmony in marriages, accidents, high temper, debts, difficulties through children, and losses in business, you must use Shree Mangal yantra in your pocket, wallet, or cash box. Keeping this in the South corner of the home or on one's person pleases Mars and brings happiness and auspiciousness in-home and prosperity in business.
  • Best of all, one must perform Kartikeya Puja on Skanda Sashti. Those who are suffering from Rahu, Ketu, Kala Sarpa Dosha (In the Vedic chart, people whose planets sit between Rahu and Ketu) and those having sarpa shraap (the curse of the snake) should worship Karthikeya. Click here to know more about Kartikeya Puja.


It is said that one must recite or at least read Skanda Sashti Kavacham or Skanda Sashti Kavasam on thisday. It is a devotional song glorifying Lord Murugan. It was composed in Tamil by a student ofMeenakshi Sundaram Pillai in the 16th century. The student was Bala Devaraya Swamigal. Beginningwith the first four lines called kaappu, it has two-hundred and thirty-eight verses that are knownas kavacham. By chanting it regularly, one establishes themselves in a pure devotional mood. Duringthe Skanda Vrat, it should be chanted, recited, or read thirty-six times a day.

Meaning of Skanda Sashti Kavacham:

The Skanda Sashti Kavacham is a prayer to Lord Skanda also known as Lord Murugan. The devotees whorecite this Kavacham enjoy prosperity in abundance and all their sufferings vanish as the verses in theKavacham suggest. It invokes Lord Skanda to shower His grace on the devotees while some versesdescribe the most beautiful form of God and ask for protection.

Benefits of Skanda Sashti Kavacham:

  • Reciting the Kanda Sashti Kavacham regularly showers the blessings of Lord Skanda or Lord Murugan on the devotees.
  • It protects the devotees from all the agony and miseries since it acts as protection (kavach).
  • The Skanda Sashti Kavacham can be recited by devotees with fertility issues to have a child.
  • Marital discord is also resolved by chanting this Kavacham.
  • Singing the Kavacham every day brings peace in the home.
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