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The festival is dedicated to Lord Subramanya

Grand fete: Devotees taking part in the Skanda Sasthi celebrations held at the Kuppana Velayudhamangalam temple in Kollam district on Thursday.
Grand fete: Devotees taking part in the Skanda Sasthi celebrations held at the Kuppana Velayudhamangalam temple in Kollam district on Thursday.

Hundreds from the Hindu community, mostly women, celebrated the Skanda Sasthi festival in various Shiva and Subramanya temples in Kollam on Thursday. The festival commemorates the destruction of evil and is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.

It also symbolises the decimation of ego, greed and other negative aspects. The celebrations involve burning of huge quantities of camphor. The day is the culmination of six days of fasting and penance by devotees.

The devotees also believe that Lord Subramanya is at his most powerful during this six-day period and that this is the right time to absorb that power. The festival is mainly celebrated in Tamil Nadu.

The Subramanya temples which celebrated the festival in Kollam are at Vendar, Kuppana, Vilangara, Veliyam, Melkulangara, Pattahanam, Nedungolam and Umayanallur.

The temples of Tamil Nadu where the festival is celebrated in Palani, Thiruchendur, Tirupparankundram and Tiruttani.

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