Sashti Viratham, or Shashti fasting, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Sashti Viratham November 2013 date is November 8. The Skanda Shasti Vratam is also observed in this month. Skanda Sashti is from November 4 to November 9, 2013. Soorasamharam festival is on November 8.
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.