Shasti or ‘Sasthi’ is an auspicious day for Hindus belonging to the Tamil community. This day is dedicated to worshipping Lord Murugan. On this day Muruga devotees observe fasting to please their lord and invoke His blessings for a happy and prosperous life.

When is Shasti 2021?

Shasti is observed on the sixth day of each lunar fortnight, that is, Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) and Krishna Paksha (the period of waning phase of moon) of every lunar month in the traditional Hindu calendar. Thus there are two occurrences of Shasti every month. However, Shasti that falls during the Krishna Paksha is associated with Lord Subrahmanya or Lord Murugan.

Next Shasti Date in 2021 : March 19 Friday

Shashthi Tithi Timing : March 19, 2:09 am - March 20, 4:48 am

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Rituals during Shasti 2021:

Fasting is the most important ritual of the day. On Shasti, devotees keep a partial or full fasting to appease Lord Murugan. The Shasti vrat begins at the time of sunrise and comes to an end on the following day after offering prayers to the Sun God.

Those who keep strict vrat do not eat food for complete 24 hours of fasting. Partial fasting can be done by eating fruits. People who have health problems can even keep Shasti fasting by eating s single meal during the day.

The observer of the Shasti vrat is restricted from eating certain spices on the day. Eating non-vegetarian food and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

On Shasti, Murugan devotees also read ‘Skanda Purana’ and recite the ‘Skanda Shasti Kavacham’. On this day it is considered very auspicious to visit the temples of Lord Murugan in the evening.

Important Timings On Shasti

Shashthi Tithi Timing March 19, 2:09 AM - March 20, 4:48 AM
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Significance of Shasti 2021:

Shasti is the day of worshipping Lord Murugan. He is the Hindu God of War who is known by different names like ‘Kartikeya’, ‘Subramaniya’, ‘Skanda’, ‘Kumara Swami’ and ‘Kumaran’.

Lord Murugan is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is the Commander-in-Chief of the Deva’s army. Lord Murugan is primarily worshipped in area with Tamil population.

The six important shrines of Lord Murugan are located in Tamil Nadu itself. According to the Hindu legends, it was on the day of Shasti that Lord Murugan defeated the demon named ‘Soorapadman’.

It is believed that a person who offers prayers and observes fasting on Shasti will generously receive blessings of Lord Murugan.

All Shasti dates in 2021 and Shashthi Tithi Timing

January 18th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Jan 18, 9:14 AM - Jan 19, 10:59 AM
February 17th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Feb 17, 5:46 AM - Feb 18, 8:18 AM
March 19th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Mar 19, 2:09 AM - Mar 20, 4:48 AM
April 18th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Apr 17, 8:32 PM - Apr 18, 10:35 PM
May 17th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : May 17, 11:35 AM - May 18, 12:33 PM
June 16th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Jun 15, 10:57 PM - Jun 16, 10:46 PM
July 15th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Jul 15, 7:16 AM - Jul 16, 6:06 AM
August 13th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Aug 13, 1:43 PM - Aug 14, 11:51 AM
September 11th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Sep 11, 7:37 PM - Sep 12, 5:21 PM
October 11th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Oct 11, 2:14 AM - Oct 11, 11:50 PM
November 9th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Nov 09, 10:36 AM - Nov 10, 8:25 AM
December 9th
Shashthi Tithi Timing : Dec 08, 9:26 PM - Dec 09, 7:54 PM

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