Sashti Viratham, or Shashti fasting, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Sashti Viratham November 2016 date is November 5. The Skanda Shasti Vratam is also observed in this month. Skanda Sashti is from October 31 to November 6, 2016. Soorasamharam festival is on November 5. Note - Sashti fasting in November is marked on Nov 6 in Kerala calendars.
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.