Skanda is a popular Hindu deity especially among Tamil Hindus. Lord Skanda is son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati and younger brother of Lord Ganesha. God Skanda is also known as Murugan, Kartikeyan andSubramanya.
Skanda Sashti, the sixth day in the light half of the month of Aippasi, is celebrated in Saivite temples all over Tamilnadu, and with an extra quantify of majesty in temples dedicated to Subramanya. This festival celebrates in all men and women’s wear in newclothes. Skanda Sashti commemorates the demolition of wickedness by the Supreme General Kartikeya, son of Shiva, and is celebrated with the dramatic enactment of Soora Samhaaram. Bring up must be made of the grand celebrations at Tirupparankunram, Tiruchendur and the remaining 'Aaru Padai Veedu' temples of Murugan.
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.