When Panchami Tithi ends or Sashti Tithi starts between sunrise and sunset then both Panchami and Sashti are conjugated and this day is chosen for Skanda Sashti Vratam. This rule has been mentioned in Dharmasindhu
. Many Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu, including famous Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam
in Tiruchendur, follow the same rule and Soorasamharam
day is observed one day before Sashti Tithi if on previous day Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi.
Although all Sashti(s) are dedicated to Lord Murugan but Shukla Paksha Sashti during lunar month Kartika
(which is during Solar month Aippasi or Karthikai
) is the most significant one. Devotees observe six days fast which lasts on Soorasamharam day. Next day after Soorasamharam is known as Tiru Kalyanam
Next Skanda Sashti after Soorasamharam is known as Subramanya Sashti
which is also known as Kukke Subramanya Sashti
and falls during lunar month Margashirsha
Temples Dedicated to Lord Murugan
Following six abodes, which are known as Arupadaiveedu
, are the most important shrines for Murugan devotees in Tamilnadu, India.
Palani Murugan Temple (100 km south east of Coimbatore)
Swamimalai Murugan Temple (Near Kumbakonam)
Thiruthani Murugan Temple (84 km from Chennai)
Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple (10 km north of Madurai)
Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur (40 km south of Thoothukudi)
Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple (10 km south of Madurai)
Marudamalai Murugan Temple (a suburb of Coimbatore) is another important shrine.
Kukke Subramanya Temple
, near Mangalore, Karnataka, India is also very famous shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan but it is not part of six abodes of Lord Murugan which are located in Tamil Nadu.