Champa Shasthi is a festival observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in the Margasheersh month. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Champa Shasthi 2013 date is December 8. The day is of great significance in Maharashtra especially at
at Jejuri near Pune. Khandoba Temple
In Champa Shasthi festival, Lord Shiva is known as Martand or Malhari or Khandoba or Kanderao. It is believed that he took the form of Martand and Malhari to kill demons Mani and Malla.
Legend has it that Lord Shiva fought Mani and Malla for six days and defeated them on the Champa Sashti day.
After the battle with the demons, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a Swayambhu lingam at
. Khandoba Temple
You can find more details of Champa Shasthi in this earlier article.