Sashti Viratham, or Shashti fasting, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Sashti Viratham November 2012 date is November 19. The Skanda Shasti Vratam is also observed in this month. Skanda Sashti is from November 13 to November 19, 2012. Soorasamharam festival is on November 19.
Sashti Vratam falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar.
Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day.
Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.