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2021 Skanda Sashti Vrat dates for Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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2021 Skanda Sashti

Shashthi
9 days
Skanda Sashti
Margashirsha, Shukla Shashthi
Ashburn, United States
08
December 2021
Wednesday
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2021 Skanda Sashti Vrat Dates
[2077 - 2078] Vikrama Samvata
Skanda Sashti
January 18, 2021, Monday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Pausha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 10:43 PM, Jan 17
Ends - 12:28 AM, Jan 19
Skanda Sashti
February 17, 2021, Wednesday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Magha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 07:16 PM, Feb 16
Ends - 09:47 PM, Feb 17
Skanda Sashti
March 18, 2021, Thursday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Phalguna, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 04:39 PM, Mar 18
Ends - 07:18 PM, Mar 19
Skanda Sashti
April 17, 2021, Saturday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Chaitra, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 11:02 AM, Apr 17
Ends - 01:04 PM, Apr 18
Skanda Sashti
May 17, 2021, Monday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Vaishakha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 02:04 AM, May 17
Ends - 03:02 AM, May 18
Skanda Sashti
June 15, 2021, Tuesday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Jyeshtha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 01:26 PM, Jun 15
Ends - 01:15 PM, Jun 16
Skanda Sashti
July 15, 2021, Thursday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Ashadha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 09:46 PM, Jul 14
Ends - 08:36 PM, Jul 15
Skanda Sashti
August 13, 2021, Friday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Shravana, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 04:12 AM, Aug 13
Ends - 02:20 AM, Aug 14
Skanda Sashti
September 11, 2021, Saturday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Bhadrapada, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 10:07 AM, Sep 11
Ends - 07:50 AM, Sep 12
Skanda Sashti
October 10, 2021, Sunday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Ashwina, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 04:44 PM, Oct 10
Ends - 02:20 PM, Oct 11
Soora Samharam
November 9, 2021, Tuesday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Kartika, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 12:05 AM, Nov 09
Ends - 09:55 PM, Nov 09
Skanda Sashti
December 8, 2021, Wednesday
Shashthi
Shukla Shashthi
Margashirsha, Shukla Shashthi
Begins - 10:55 AM, Dec 08
Ends - 09:23 AM, Dec 09

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.

2021 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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