Skanda is a popular Hindu deity, especially among Tamil Hindus. Lord Skanda is the son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In south India, Skanda is considered as the younger brother of Lord Ganesha while in north India Skanda is considered as the elder brother of Lord Ganesha. God Skanda is also known as Murugan, Kartikeyan and Subramanya.
He is an expression of supreme intelligence and leadership. Traditionally he is believed to be the commander in chief of the devatas or the angels. He has “Vel” (spear) as his symbolic weapon which is the source of all knowledge dispels ignorance and bestows wisdom! He is the Master of the Alchemy Science” Sashti Tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda. Devotees keep fast during Shukla Paksha Sashti day. For Skanda Sashti Vratam the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi is preferred. Hence Skanda Sashti Vratam might be observed on Panchami Tithi.
Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti. On this day people pray a lord Muruga with our Giri lamps and deepam oil.