Shashti - the sixth day occurring twice on the dark moon and bright moon days of
every month is very soared to Muruga. Pious devotees of Muruga offer special
pujas on this day and observe partial or full fast. It is recorded that on the
Aipasi masa shashti, Muruga killed that formidable Surapadman, the terror of
gods and humans.
So this day marks the end of evil and it inaugurated peace and
progress in the world above and below. This great victory is commemorated with
unprecedented religious éclat throughout the land, where Murugan cult is
prevalent. The temples celebrate this auspicious day with many special prayer
services in token of
recognition of the valour and devotion for it.
It is a o day festival packed with
awe-inspiring activities. In addition to reciting the glory of Muruga from the
relevant scriptures, giant sized images of demons particularly that of Surapadma
are destroyed akin to burning of the. effigies of Ravana on the Vijayadasami day
in the North.