21. Skanda Sashti - 6.

In addition to the Skanda Sashti, devotees of Lord Subramanya observe weekly and monthly days in His honour.

Every Friday, or the Kartigai Nakshatram day every month, or the sixth day of the bright fortnight,—all these are sacred days for His devotees.

The sixth day of the month of Tulam (October-November) is the most auspicious of them all.

This is the Skanda Sashti day.

In many places the festival commences six days prior to the Sashti itself and concludes on the day of the Sashti.

During these days, devotees recite various inspiring hymns and read stories connected with Lord Subramanya.

They worship the Lord and take Kavadi (see below).

They go on pilgrimage to the various Subramanya shrines.

The famous Nakkerar has composed the Tirumurukatrupadai in His praise. 

He who studies this famous work daily with devotion and faith, gets certain success in life as well as peace and prosperity. 

The Tiruppugal is another well-known book in Tamil, which contains the inspiring devotional songs of Arunagirinathar in praise of Lord Subramanya. 

The Kavadichindu songs are also in praise of the Lord. 

The Skanda Sashti Kavacham is another famous hymn in praise of Lord Subramanya and is sung particularly on festive occasions.

Next :  The Kavadi Festival

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....

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