Shasti Fasting in August 2016 in based on calendars followed in South India. Sashti Viratham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu god Muruga (known as Kartik in North and western parts of
). Sashti Viratham August 2016 date is August 9. It is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon as per a traditional Hindu calendar. Special pujas and rituals are also held on the day in Muruga Temples. India
There are two Sashti fasting dates in a month one each during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Most devotees fast during the Sashti falling during waxing phase of moon.
Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.
Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India,
Singapore, Malaysia and especially by Tamilians. In Sri Lanka North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.
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