Skanda Shasti, or Kanda Shasti, Vratam is a very important observance dedicated to Lord Muruga. It’s ascertained in the Tamil month of Aippasi and most devotee’s fastthroughout the 6-day period.
There is no common methodology of Skanda Shasti fast. Different devotees observe it differently. But there are some basic rules followed by all the devotees.
• Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided during the period.
• Some individuals conjointly avoid garlic and onions.
• Those who are observing the fast make it a point to read scriptures associated with Lord Muruga or recite the Kanta Shasti Kavasam or Subramaniya Bhujangam.
• Most devotees conjointly visit Skanda temples throughout the period.
• When it comes to Kanda Shasti fast, some
Devotees only take one meal on a daily basis.
• Some take the meal at midday and others at night.
• Some devotees confine to fruits and juices throughout the 6-day period.
There are many Skanda devotees who see the Vratam as a chance to clean the body and acquire eliminate unwanted harmful parts. Such devotees confine to water, coconut milk and alternative fruit juices.
The fast ends on the Sixth day.
It should be noted that ‘Vrat’ or ‘Vratam’ in Sanskrit means ‘vow.’ Vratam shouldn’t be misunderstood as mere fasting. By observing a Vratam an individual is making an attempt to purify his mind through meditation, worship and by sticking to some ‘vow’ that he/she has taken. Now, this vow will include fasting, not telling lies, not getting anger etc. A vratam should be seen as a deliberate attempt on your part to bring back discipline into your life.
Fasting should be voluntary and it shouldn’t be done unwillingly. If you’re taking medicines, don’t observe intense fasting and stick to the routine instructed by your doctor.