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Skanda Mata Fasting - Skanda Sashti Vrat In North India - Dedicated to Goddess Skanda Mata

Skanda Sashti Vrat is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha in Jyeshta month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India and is dedicated to Skanda Mata. Skanda Sashti Vrat 2025 date is June 1. The greatness of this vrat is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that performing this vrat is highly beneficial for those couples who are not having children.

Skanda Sashti Vrat is dedicated to Skanda Mata. It is believed that children suffering from various diseases will find relief if Skanda Sashti Vrat is performed by parents.

The Vrat is usually started on Jyeshtha Shukla Paksha Sashti and is performed for a year on every Shukla Paksha Sashti from then onwards.

After early morning purifications and bathing, people pray to Skanda Mata. Food is donated to poor children or elderly. Fasting is from sunrise to sunset. Fasting ends with evening prayers.

The ritual is also observed on Ashada Shukla Paksha Sashti. This is dedicated to Skanda or Kumara - son of Goddess Parvati and Shiva.

It is believed that Maa Parvati will be immensely pleased if Skanda is worshiped. This is the reason why the sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to Skandamata.

People visit temples dedicated to Shiva with Skanda murti or independent Skanda Temple (Muruga Temple) and making various offerings like six lamps with ghee, dahi and sindoor, and peacock feathers. The peacock feathers are taken back home and is kept in the Southwest corner for peace and prosperity in the family.

Please note that Sashti is more popular in South India and these two Sashtis are not followed in South India.

Please note that the most popular Skanda Sashti is observed after Diwali in Tamil Nadu and it is dedicated to Muruga who is also known as Skanda. This vrat lasts for 6 days.