Sashti Vratam falls on the sixth day after Amavasai (no moon) and Purnima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik. The Sashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day. Fasting on Shashti is considered highly beneficial and many devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day. The date of Sashti fasting is February 2, 2009.
Lord Muruga temples attract a large number of devotees on Sashti day. Some temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the day. There are also temples that provide food to devotees.
Lord Muruga, also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India,