Subrahmanya Shashti, also known as Skanda Shashti, is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, also known as Lord Kartikeya, Velan, Kumaran, and Murugan. This festival is observed on the ‘Shashti’ (6th day) tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of the moon) in the month of ‘Margashira’.

Subrahmanya Shashti (Skanda Shashti) Timings

New York, USA – 17 Dec, 2023
Shasti Tithi Begins – 07:03 AM on Dec 17, 2023
Shasti Tithi Ends – 04:43 AM on Dec 18, 2023

London, UK – 17 Dec, 2023
Shasti Tithi Begins – 12:03 PM on Dec 17, 2023
Shasti Tithi Ends – 09:43 AM on Dec 18, 2023

Chennai, India – 17 Dec, 2023
Shasti Tithi Begins – 05:33 PM on Dec 17, 2023
Shasti Tithi Ends – 03:13 PM on Dec 18, 2023

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Remedy for Sarpa Dosha

Lord Subrahmanya is the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is revered for his valor and is believed to have been born with the purpose of defeating the demon Tarakasura. Those who worship or honor him on Subrahmanya Shashti are said to be freed from ‘Sarpa Dosha,’ which is associated with negative incidents from one’s past life and may manifest as obstacles in their current life, as determined by their astrological chart.

Subrahmanya Shashti Rituals

  1. Honor and worship Lord Subrahmanya with utmost devotion by offering milk. It is believed that offering milk on this day helps to alleviate ‘Sarpa Dosha’ and bring blessings and protection.
  2. Chant the mantra “Om Saravaṇa Bhavāya Namaha” during the auspicious Mars or Jupiter hora.
  3. Listen to Subramanya Bhujangam, a hymn composed by Adi Shankaracharya. It is a mystical and beautiful composition that extols the virtues of Lord Kartikeya.
  4. You can choose to observe a fast on this day. The fasting involves consuming only one meal and avoiding onion, garlic, and non-vegetarian food completely. Fasting is a way to purify the body and mind while showing dedication to Lord Subrahmanya.
  5. Donate clothes, food, and other essential items to those in need as a way of giving back and spreading goodwill.

For personalized rituals based on your individual horoscope, you can access further guidance on the align27 app.