Sashti fasting is dedicated to Muruga (also known as Kartikeya or Subrahmanya or Skanda). It is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. Those who observe strict Sashti fasting do not eat any food on the day. Other people eat rice offering from temple and fruits. Tea, coffee etc are avoided on the fasting day.
Only a single meal is eaten on Panchami day. This is usually a single vegetarian meal.
On the Sashti day puja is performed in a
Cooked rice which is offered in Murugan temple is consumed on the day. Murugan Temple
Those observing partial fast eat fruits.
The fasting period is from sunrise to next day morning sunrise.
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