Sankata Hara Chaturthi : 20th June 2019
Sankata Hara Chaturthi Ganesha Puja is performed every Sankashti or Sankatahara Chaturthi......
<p >Skanda Sashti or Kanda Sashti is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subramanya. For Skanda Sashti Vratam the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi is preferred. 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 Subramanya 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.
<h3 >Skanda Shashti Vratham:
Subramanya Sashti puja is performed in homes with a great devotional fervor. Usually, the puja lasts for six days starting from the Prathama Thith (the next day of Amavasya or no moon day) and concludes on the Sashti thithi (sixth day of the lunar month during the waxing phase).
Wake up early in the morning, take holy bath and set up the altar with the images or idols of Lord Ganesh and Subramanya. In some houses, the spear or Vel, the divine weapon of Muruga is installed on a pedestal symbolizing Lord Subramanya himself and the puja is conducted. Puja is done with the offering of flowers, incense, sandal paste, vermilion, turmeric powder and Prasad of the devotee’s choice and concludes with the chanting of Skanda shashti kavacham, Subramanya Bhujangam or the reading of Skanda Purana or stories connected to Lord Muruga.
When a demon named Surapadma was troubling the three worlds on account of the invincible boons he received, the gods approached Lord Shiva. Lord Subrahmanya was manifested by Shiva from his third eye through six effulgent sparks. Growing as six children and later unified as one child with six faces by Mother Parvati, Lord Muruga received the divine spear (Vel) from his mother and set out to conquer the demon.
The fight lasted for six days and the demon was vanquished on the Sashti day. Owing to the prayers of the demon, Lord Muruga bestowed immortality on him by converting him as a peacock, which became His vehicle and Cock that took a permanent place in the flag of Muruga.