Krittika Vratam is dedicated Murugan and is observed on the Kartigai Nakshatra day. Krittika or Karthigai is one among the 27 birth stars. Legend has it that the importance of Krithika Vratam was narrated to Sage Narada by Ganesha.
The fiery spark that fell from Shiva which finally was born was six babies were looked after by Six Goddess of the Karthikai constellation. The six babies were later joined together by Maa Parvati and this led to the incarnation of Muruga.
Sage Narada wanted to become the greatest Sage and constantly remain in Brahman realization. Ganesha then advised Sage Narada to perform the Krittika Vratam.
Other important Vratas dedicated to Muruga are Friday fasting, Sashti fasting and Skanda Sashti fasting after Diwali.
Muruga is popularly known as Kartik in
India. In South India, Muruga is
also known as Skanda, Shanmukha, Kartikeya, Saravanabhava, Velayudha, Gangeya,
Subrahmanya, Senapati, Swaminatha, Dandapani…