The sixth lunar day each of the two lunar phases (Krishna Paksha and Sukla Paksha) is called Sashti. The Sashti which comes after the full moon(Purnima) is called Krishna Paksha Sashti. And the Sashti after Amavasya is called Shukla Paksha Sashti. It comes 24 times in a year; whose list of 2020 Sashti dates, you will find in this Sashti calendar.
Sashti dates 2020
2020 Sashti Calendar with dates, festivals, and vrats.
|Sashti dates 2020||Tithi||Festivals and Vrats|
|Thursday, 16 Jan||Magha, Krishna Paksha|
|Thursday, 30 Jan||Magha, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Friday, 14 Feb||Phalguna, Krishna Paksha|
|Saturday, 29 Feb||Phalguna, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Saturday, 14 Mar||Chaitra, Krishna Paksha|
|Monday, 30 Mar||Chaitra, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Monday, 13 April||Vaisakha, Krishna Paksha|
|28 – 29 April||Vaisakha, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Wednesday, 13 May||Jyestha, Krishna Paksha|
|Thursday, 28 May||Jyestha, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Thursday 11 June||Ashadha, Krishna Paksha|
|Friday, 26 June||Ashadha, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Saturday, 11 July||Sravan, Krishna Paksha|
|25-26 July||Sravan, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|09-10 August||Bhadra, Krishna Paksha||Hal Sashti|
|23-24 August||Bhadra, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Tuesday, 08 Sept||Ashwina, Krishna Paksha||Sashti Shraddha|
|Tuesday, 22 Sept||Adhik, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Thursday, 08 Oct||Adhik, Krishna Paksha|
|21-22 October||Ashwina, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
|Friday, 06 Nov||Kartika, Krishna Paksha|
|Friday, 20 Nov||Kartika, Shukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti, Chhath Puja|
|Sunday, 06 Dec||Marga, Krishna Paksha|
|19-20 December||Marga, Sukla Paksha||Skanda Sashti|
Vrat and festivals on Sashti 2020
Skanda Sashti is an important vrat observed on Sukla Paksha Sashti. Chhath Puja is also observed on Sukhla Paksha Sashti of Kartik.
Skanda Sashti is an important Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Skanda – God of war. It celebrates the Victory of Lord Skanda who defeated the demon Surapadma to memorialize the triumph of good over evils. This auspicious festival is observed on the 6th day of the lunar month as per the Tamil Calendar. Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti. Lord Skanda is also known as Kartikeya, Subramaniya, Skanda, Kumara Swami, and Kumaran.
The festival of Skanda Sashti is a ten days long event in Tamil Nadu and some other states. In the temple for Lord Subramanya located in Tiruchendur, a grand festival is celebrated on these days and to conclude the festival the event of Sura Samhar or the killing of the demons by Lord Skanda is enacted to this day. Devotees throng to witness this grand event and seek the blessings of Lord Skanda.
Hal Sashti the festival of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Shri Balram Ji, the eldest brother of Lord Shri Krishna. Lord Balaram is the seventh child of Mata Devaki and Vasudev Ji. Hal Sashti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Balaram. It is celebrated six days after Shravan Purnima or Raksha Bandhan festival.
Shri Balaram’s main weapon is plow and pestle. For this reason, he is also known as Haladhar. In some eastern parts of India, it is also called Lalai Chhath.
Chhath puja is celebrated 6 days after Diwali on sukhla paksha sasthi of Kartik month. It is an important festival of Bihar; and also observed in Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal as well as the Madhesh region of Nepal.
Chhath Puja is merely not a Festival, but more than Festival, devotees leave everything they have and head towards to going back to home with Heavy rush in Train and Buses for the Festival dedicated to Sun God for a period of four days. Marwari in some part also becoming the part of this Festival and worship the Sun God. The state of Bihar shine and people from all parts whether in India or aboard make it a point to go home for Chhath Puja.