Skanda Shashti Celebrations – Paal Kudam, Abhishekam, Kavadi Utsavam, Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Kalyanam, 5 pm, Wed, Oct. 25
Skanda Shashti an important festival for devotees of Lord Muruga, begins the day after Diwali. It is observed for 6 days, ending on Shashti. Skanda Shashti is observed to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Lord Subramanya was conceived from the fiery seed of Lord Shiva, and was brought up as six babies by kanyas belonging to the Karthika star. Devi Parvati gathered the six babies into one as ‘Shanmukha’ – ‘the Six faced God’. Shanmukha, as the commander of the Devas, waged a deadly war with the asuras tormenting humankind for 6 days and annihilated Soorapadman on Shashti.