Sashti Vratam in October 2011

Sashti Vratam, or Shasti fasting, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kanda. In October 2011, the Sashti fasting is on October 2 and October 30. The Skanda Shasti Vratam and Soorassamharam is also observed in this month.Skanda Sashti is from October 27 to October 31, 2011. Soorasamharam is on October 31.

Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.

Sashti Vratam falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day.

Shasti Fasting is widely observed in South India, Malaysia and Singapore especially by Tamilians.
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