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Skanda Sashti Vrat in North India

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. Skanda Sashti Vrat 2018 date is June 19 and July 18. The greatness of this vrat is mentioned in the Skanda Puran. 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 Jyeshta 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 Ashad Shukla Paksha Sashti. This is dedicated to Skanda or Kumara - son of Goddess Parvati and …

Quotes from Dakshinamurti Stotra of Adi Shankaracharya

One who comes out breaking the power of maya and by withdrawing sense organs will be like a sun or moon after eclipse.

People who are deluded by maya see the universe with its difference like a man who dreams in sleeping and waking states.
The Supreme Lord encompasses the Universe and is all pervading, nothing exists out of Him.
By Hearing, reflecting and meditating, the Supreme Self can be realized as the Self in all.
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