Shashti Vratam, or Sashti, is dedicated to Lord Muruga, the main observance is fasting. Shasti fast falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious for fasting by Muruga devotees. In May 2009, the Sashti fasting date is May 29.
Shasti fasting is mainly observed in
Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In
On Shashti fasting day, devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple. Some temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the Shasti day. There are also temples that provide free food to devotees.