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Skanda Shashthi

Skanda Shashthi is celebrated on the sixth day in the bright half of the month of Kartik. It commemorates the birth of Skanda, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is also called Kartikeya, Subrahmanya and Murugan. He was born to annihilate the evil demon Tarika. He has six heads and was nursed by six foster mothers. He is the commander of the celestial armies. The festival is especially important in South India, because Skanda is one of the most important deities in the south.     

 


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