Sashti Viratham, or Shashti fasting, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Sashti Viratham October 2014 date is October 29. Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In
North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. The Skanda Shasti Vratam is also observed in this month. Skanda Sashti is from October 24 to October 29, 2014. Soorasamharam festival is on November 8.
Sashti Vratam falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. Most devotees fast during the Sashti falling after Amavasi.
Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day.