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Sashti Viratham July 2017 date – Muruga Sashti Fasting in July 2017

Sashti Fasting dates based on calendars in South India. Sashti Viratham is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon as per a traditional Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik or Kumara. Sashti Viratham July 2017 date is July 29. Muruga devotees observe a fast on the day. Special pujas and rituals are also held on the day in Muruga Temples.

There are two Sashti fasting dates in a month one each during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Most devotees fast during the Sashti falling during waxing phase of moon.

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.

Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.

You may also like to read How to do or observe Sashti fasting?

Four Legs of a Cow and Four Yugas – Decadence of Dharma

There is a very popular symbolism in Hinduism regarding the degradation of Dharma in the four yugas based on the four legs of a cow. At the beginning the Satya Yuga, the cow had four legs but by the end of the Satya Yuga the cow had only three legs.

By the end of the Treta Yuga, the cow lost another leg.

By the end of the Dwapara Yuga, the cow lost another leg.

By the end of the Kali Yuga, the cow will lose its last leg and there will be Pralaya or the great deluge that will annihilate all Adharma. It will prepare ground for next creation.

The cow losing leg symbolically shows decadence of Dharma. In Satya Yuga there is only Dharma, no one steals, there is no anger, no dishonesty, and not frustration. Everyone is content with what they have. But by the end of Satya Yuga there is change in the attitude of people.

This attitude goes down the line and now we are in Kaliyuga when Dharma is negligible. Adharma flourishes today.

Thus cow who is considered mother earth will lose its last …