Monday, March 10, 2008

March 12th 2008 - Shashti, Shashti Vratham, Muruga Darisanam

Shashti, this time, falls on the 12th of March 2008. It is a unique day for Lord Karthikeya or Murugan, because the day has both Krithigai Nakshathram and Shashti Thithi.

Observing Shashti Vratham is also said to give childless couple, what they desire.

How to observe Shashti/Shashti Vratham:

Shashti fast begins at sunrise. It is broken the next day morning. Generally for people who cant keep a fast throughout the day eat only one meal that day.

Devotees listen or read stories related to Skanda and Skanda Purana. Visiting Muruga temples is also considered highly auspicious and good. Reading Kandhar Shashti Kavacham on this day is extremely beneficial. The link for the text along with the meaning is mentioned in the following link. Shashti Kavacham

Fasting or Vrathas are not just related to abstaining from food. They are also related to instilling positive thoughts, eliminating anger, lust, greed etc.

Since we are fasting on this day, the rice which we would have otherwise consumed, we can prepare that and do annadhaanam of it to the poor and needy. This will instantly add to our good karma.

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