Sashti Viratham, or Shasti fasiting, is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. This fasting is very popular with Hindu communities in
South India. Sashti Viratham in month May 2017 date is May 1 and May 31. This fast is very popular in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and . South Africa
Sashti 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.
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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