Monday, November 03, 2008

Kanda Shasti

So what is this day.....

It is the day the Lord Subramanya defeated the demon Soorapadma and saved the Earth from his evils. When the devas couldn't tolerate the evil doings of this demon, they approached the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The kind Lord went on a war against Soorapadman. The war was waged for six days, at the end of which the Lord vanquished the asura. He threw his weapon at him and Soorapadman was split into two halves. One half became a peacock, which He took as His vaahana. The other became a cock and was transformed into his flag.

The devas, who were tormented by Soorapadman, rejoiced - they praised the Lord and prayed to him for six days. Devotees usually narrate the kanda sashti kavacham, during this period. Whoever fasts for these six days of Skanda Sashti and prays to Lord Muruga steadfastly, it is said that they would get the blessings of Lord Muruga. Those who are unable to fast for a whole day for a six-day duration, can eat just one meal during this period.
Sashti is one of the grandest festivals celebrated in honor of Lord Muruga, or Skanda, as He is also known. This comes immediately following Deepavali, on the six day period in the bright half of the Tamil month of Aippasi.

One of the climaxing events of Kanda sashti is Suran Poor where in many temple a re-inactment of the battle between Soorapadman and Muguran battles. In Klang the Subramian temple was the sence where this battle would be re enacted.

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