The word Skanda refers to a lot of things like a learned person, a prince, the act of effusion and the attacker. In reference to Skanda Sashti, the “attacker” or more precisely Lord Kartikeya, the Hindu god fits right. He is referred to as Skanda for he is believed to be the ‘commander of the Gods’ or the ‘Lord of war and victory’. Skanda Sashti or Kanda Sashti is a celebration of the defeat of demon Tarakasura by the deity and it is observed on sixth day (Sashti) of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight). Though the main festival is observed on the said Tithi during the Tamil month of Aippasi, the monthly fasts are also considered significant. The people fast and pray to the Lord with Puja Samagri and Puja Patra on this day. Continue reading Worship Lord Kartikeya, the God of War on Skanda Sashti
The consortium of the Shiva and Parvati is a beautiful myth that is a reason enough for the followers of Shiva to observe a festivity. After all the pair is a representation of Ardhnarishwar, the basis of creation of life. The infinite power of Lord Shiva is honoured in form of many festivals, but Maha Shivratri holds prime importance amongst them all. Falling on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of every lunar month, Masik Shivratri is the monthly celebration of the auspicious event. On this day, Shiva’s idol or Shivling is worshipped by the ardent devotees of Mahadev.