Skanda Sashti Vrat – 22 January 2018 and South India Temples
Skanda Sashti is a holy, once in a month Hindu event. Skanda Sashti focal event falls in October-November. It is observed in dedication to the 2nd son of Lord Shiva – Lord Kartikeya, also known by other names like Lord Murugan, Lord Subramanya. Skanda Sasthi also marks the destruction of the evil. It is observed on the 6th day of the bright moon per the Tamil Hindu calendar. Skanda Sashti is predominantly observed in south India, especially by the Tamil Hindu. On Skanda Sashti - Vrat (fasting) is observed by devotees.
South India is often regarded as the center-hub for Hindu religion, culture, ancient temples, ritual following, devotion etc. Perhaps it was less conquered as compared to north India by the Moghals, the British (East India Company), Portuguese, French etc. in history, so conceivably preservation lasted.
There are a few dedicated temples and shrines for Lord Kartikeya, including in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. However, below are some of the famous-popular temples, irrespective of deities [not in the order of popularity] (among the 1,000s) in south India. Some of these are heritage-historic sites recognized by UNESCO)—
1. Meenakshi Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu), 2. Venkateshwara Temple (Tirupati), 3. Sri Venkateshwara Temple (Chittor, Andhra Pradesh), 4. Ulagalantha Perumal Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu), 5. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala), 6. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple (Thiruvananthapuram), 7. Vittala Temple (Hampi, Karnataka), 8. Konark Sun Temple (Puri, Odisha), 9. Sripuram Golden Temple (Vellore, Tamil Nadu), 10. Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple (Guruvayur, Kerala), 11. Ekambareshwarar Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu), 12. Jagannath Temple (Puri, Odisha), 13. Brihadeeswarar Temple (Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu), 14. Virupaksha Temple (Pattadakal, Bellary, Karnataka), 15. Sita Ramchandraswamy Temple (Bhadrachalam), 16. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu), 17. Thillai Nataraja Temple (Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu), 18. Annamalaiyar Temple (Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu), 19. Ananthapura Lake Temple (Ananthapura, Kerala), 20. Jambukeshwarar Temple (Trichi, Tamil Nadu), 21. Thyagarajaswamy Temple (Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu), 22. Chamundeshwari Temple (Mysore/ Mysuru, Karnataka), 23. Veerabhadra Temple (Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh), 24. Shore Temple (Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu), 25. Ramanathaswamy Temple (of God Shiva, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu), 26. Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu), 27. Amirtha Kadeshwaran Temple (Thirukadaiyur, Tamil Nadu), 28. Monolithic Rock Temples (Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu), 29. Nagaraja Temple (Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu), 30. Kumari Amman Temple (Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu), 31. Bala Murugan Temple (Siruvapuri, Tamil Nadu), 32. Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple (Sannidhanam, Kerala), 33. Chottanikara Devi Temple (Ernakulum, Kerala), 34. Ettumanoor-Vaikom-Kaduthuruthy Temple (Vaikom, Kerala), 35. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple Haripad, Kerala), 36. Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Shiva Temple (Thrissur, Kerala), 37. Lokanarkavu Temple (Kozikode, Kerala), 38. Tali Temple (Kozikode, Kerala), 39. Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (Parassinikadavu, Kerala), 40. Thirunelli Temple (Thirunelly, Kerala), 41. Aranmula Parthasarthy Temple (Mallapuzhassery, Kerala), 42. Sivagiri Temple (Varkala, Kerala), 43. Kanipakam Temple (Chittoor, Kerala), 44. Mahanandeswara Swamy Temple (Thimmapuram, Andhra Pradesh), 45. Mantralayam Temple (Anantpuram, Andhra Pradesh), 46. Srikalahasti Temple (Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh), 47. Padiyanoor Devi Temple (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala), 48. Thiruvamandhamkunnu (Malappuram, Kerala), 49. Vadakkunnathan Temple (Thrissur, Kerala), 50. Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (Vijaywada, Kerala), 51. Brahmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Jyotirling Temple (Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh) and many more.
Some of the temples are said to have immense quantities of gold, silver, ornaments etc hidden at times underground the temple, vaults, hidden chambers etc. The architecture of these temples are quite different to the ones in the rest of the world. Most of these temples have great heights, many built in the ancient times. E.g., Forbes and other media once announced finding of treasure worth billions of Dollars, in the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (as mentioned in list above).
The schedule for Skanda Sashti for 2018 is—
1. 22 January 2018, Monday
2. 21 February 2018, Wednesday
3. 22 March 2018, Thursday
4. 21 April 2018, Saturday
5. 20 May 2018, Sunday
6. 18 June 2018, Monday
7. 17 July 2018, Tuesday
8. 16 August 2018, Thursday
9. 14 September 2018, Friday
10. 14 October 2018, Sunday
11. 13 November 2018, Tuesday
12. 13 December 2018, Thursday
The Skanda Sashti dates are determined per the lunar calendar (also called Hindu calendar). Though the main festivity - event takes place in the Tamil Hindu month of Aippasi, held around October and November.
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Date Published : 20 Jan 2018