Sashti Viratham, or Shasti, is a Hindu fasting day dedicated to Hindu God Muruga or Kartik. Sashti Viratham March 2017 date is March 3 in India. In some regions it is marked on March 4. Shasthi is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and fasting is performed on the day.
Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.
Muruga, also known as Skanda, Kartikeya, Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in
South India, especially by Tamilians. In North India, Muruga is known as Kartik.
Many devotees make it a point to visit Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day.
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