Kantha Sasti Kavasam was composed in the 19th century. The song has been composed in praise of the Lord, seeking to shower his grace. This is a rare and valuable treasure that helps one to be successful in day-to-day life. It is certain that by regular chanting of this Kavasam all the predicaments of life are resolved.
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At Sikkal, the festival image of Subramanya receives a spear, from the Ambal shrine, and breaks out in sweat, a day before the climax of the festival. In this article Vijay Raghavan explores the background of this festival. Skanda: Skanda is an ancient deity mentioned in stone inscriptions and shown on coins 1st cent. Chandogya Upanishad identifies Skanda as Sanat Kumara.
The Story of Skanda Shasti is the story of the birth of Skanda or Kumara and the fulfillment of the purpose of His divine incarnation. None of the Devas dared to disturb him Kama shot his arrows of love at Shiva who was eventually disturbed and the fire of anger from his third eye burnt Kama into ashes.
The penance of Parvathi and the sacrifice of Kama paid off. Shiva was aroused from his Samadhi. However, none could bear the sparks of His fiery seed. It fell into the mouth of Agni, and afterwards received by Ganges, who in turn threw it into Sara Vana forest of arrow like grass. Thus Saravanabava was born.
Skanda was raised by the six mothers of the divine constellation of Krithikai pleiades. Karthikeya divided himself into six babies to be nursed by six mothers. When Parvathi came and gathered all the six babies, He became Shanmukha - the one with the six faces and one body.
Shanmukha became Kumara - the powerful virile adolescent who was also the beautiful and the handsome Muruga. Of the army generals I am Skanda. The Gita. Skanda received from his mother Parasakthi an all powerful Vel lance. Hence He is also Sakthi Velan. He engaged the armies of Simhamukha, Surapadman and Tarakasura on a six day battle and vanquished all of them on the sixth day. The Asuras were annihilated and the Devas were liberated.
Indra was restored to his kingdom and gave his daughter Deivayanai or Devasena in marriage to Skanda. In order not to discriminate between the rich and the poor, Muruga also married Valli the gypsy damsel. Skanda Sasti Celebrations Corresponding to the six days of the war over the evil forces, devotees undertake fasts, prayers and devotional singing to Lord Muruga.
Most of the devotees stay in the temples during these six days. In Tiruchendur and Tiruparankundram events leading to the conquest of the Asuras are dramatized and enacted. Offering of Kavadi on Skanda Sasti is a form of popular worship. If anyone goes to Kathirgamam Sri Lanka with faith, devotion and piety, and stays in the temple for two or three days , the Lord Himself grants His vision to the devotee.
Kantha Sasti Kavasam
This is a rare and valuable treasure that helps one to be successful in day-to-day life. It is certain that by regular chanting of this kavacam all the predicaments of life are resolved. Prosperity and plenty will abound. Peace will prevail at home. The devotee who reads it will enjoy every good fortune under the sun. 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.
Kandha Sashti Kavasam