Skanda Sashti 2022: Skanda Sashti is a very important festival celebrated in southern India. Goddess Parvati and Lord Shankar’s son Kartikeya are worshiped on this day. Lord Skanda is also known as Murugan, Karthikeyan, Subramanya.
This festival will be celebrated on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha of Paush month. This time this monthly Skanda Shashthi will be celebrated on 7th January.
It is believed that by worshiping Kartikeya, disease, sorrow and poverty end. According to mythology, the six-faced child Skanda, born of the brilliance of Lord Shiva, was protected by breastfeeding by six Kritikas, hence the name Kartikeya.
Skanda Shashti Muhurta:
Shashti Date Begins: 7th January, Friday, 11:10 am
Shashthi Tithi Ends: 8th January, Saturday at 10:42 am
Significance of Skanda Sashti:
In Skanda Purana, Kumar is Kartikeya and this Purana is considered to be the largest of all Puranas. It is mentioned in the scriptures that by observing the fast of Skanda Shashti, one gets freedom from lust, anger, madness, attachment, ego and attains the right path.
According to astrology, Lord Kartikeya is the lord of Shashti Tithi and Mars and his abode is in the south direction.
That is why the people who have low Mars in Cancer sign in their horoscope, they should observe fast of Lord Kartikeya on this day to strengthen Mars and get auspicious results of Mars.
Because Skanda Shashthi is dear to Lord Kartikeya, one must observe fast on this day. Apart from Skanda Sashti, this day is also known as Champa Sashti due to Lord Kartikeya’s liking for Champa flowers.
Worship method of Skanda Sashti:
- On the day of Skanda Shashthi, purify yourself by taking a bath in Brahmamuhurta.
- After this, spread red cloth on a post and establish the idol of Lord Kartikeya.
- Along with these, the idols of Shankar-Parvati and Ganesh ji should also be installed.
- After this, install the Kalash in front of Kartikeya ji.
- Then first of all worship Ganesha.
- If possible, light an unbroken flame, light a lamp in the morning and evening.
- After this, offer water to Lord Kartikeya and put on new clothes.
- Offer fruits and sweets by offering flowers or garlands of flowers.
- It is believed that the worship performed on this day for the accomplishment of a particular task is fruitful.