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2023 Skanda Sashti Vrat dates for Ashburn, Virginia, United States


2023 Skanda Sashti

21 days
Skanda Sashti
Ashadha, Shukla Shashthi
Ashburn, United States
June 2023
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2023 Skanda Sashti Vrat Dates
[2079 - 2080] Vikrama Samvata
Skanda Sashti
January 26, 2023, Thursday
Shukla Shashthi
Magha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 11:58 PM, Jan 25
Ends - 10:40 PM, Jan 26
Skanda Sashti
February 24, 2023, Friday
Shukla Shashthi
Phalguna, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 02:01 PM, Feb 24
Ends - 01:50 PM, Feb 25
Skanda Sashti
March 26, 2023, Sunday
Shukla Shashthi
Chaitra, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 07:02 AM, Mar 26
Ends - 07:57 AM, Mar 27
Skanda Sashti
April 25, 2023, Tuesday
Shukla Shashthi
Vaishakha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 12:09 AM, Apr 25
Ends - 01:57 AM, Apr 26
Skanda Sashti
May 24, 2023, Wednesday
Shukla Shashthi
Jyeshtha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 05:30 PM, May 24
Ends - 07:49 PM, May 25
Skanda Sashti
June 23, 2023, Friday
Shukla Shashthi
Ashadha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 10:23 AM, Jun 23
Ends - 12:47 PM, Jun 24
Adhika Skanda Sashti
July 23, 2023, Sunday
Shukla Shashthi
Shravana, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 02:14 AM, Jul 23
Ends - 04:12 AM, Jul 24
Skanda Sashti
August 21, 2023, Monday
Shukla Shashthi
Shravana, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 04:30 PM, Aug 21
Ends - 05:35 PM, Aug 22
Skanda Sashti
September 20, 2023, Wednesday
Shukla Shashthi
Bhadrapada, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 04:46 AM, Sep 20
Ends - 04:44 AM, Sep 21
Skanda Sashti
October 19, 2023, Thursday
Shukla Shashthi
Ashwina, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 03:01 PM, Oct 19
Ends - 01:54 PM, Oct 20
Soora Samharam
November 18, 2023, Saturday
Shukla Shashthi
Kartika, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 10:48 PM, Nov 17
Ends - 08:53 PM, Nov 18
Skanda Sashti
December 17, 2023, Sunday
Shukla Shashthi
Margashirsha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 07:03 AM, Dec 17
Ends - 04:43 AM, Dec 18

Notes: All timings are represented in 12-hour notation in local time of Ashburn, United States with DST adjustment (if applicable).
Hours which are past midnight are suffixed with next day date. In Panchang day starts and ends with sunrise.

2023 Skanda Sashti, Kanda Sashti Vratam

Skanda Shashti Dates

Skanda is a popular Hindu deity especially among Tamil Hindus. Lord Skanda is son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In south India, Skanda is considered as the younger brother of Lord Ganesha while in north India Skanda is considered as the elder brother of Lord Ganesha. God Skanda is also known as Murugan, Kartikeyan and Subramanya.

Sashti Tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda. Devotees keep fast during Shukla Paksha Sashti day. For Skanda Sashti Vratam the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi is preferred. Hence Skanda Sashti Vratam might be observed on Panchami Tithi.

Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti.

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 and Nirnayasindhu. 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.

  1. Palani Murugan Temple (100 km south east of Coimbatore)
  2. Swamimalai Murugan Temple (Near Kumbakonam)
  3. Thiruthani Murugan Temple (84 km from Chennai)
  4. Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple (10 km north of Madurai)
  5. Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur (40 km south of Thoothukudi)
  6. 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.

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