Champa Shashti 2024: Get to Know Complete Information

Champa Shashti 2024: Get to Know Complete Information

What is Champa Shashti?

Festivals are plentiful in India, with a festival happening every day in some regions. Even outside of the country, several festivals are well-liked and celebrated. Champa Shashthi is one such festival in Indian culture. Champa Shashti is a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva who incarnated in the form of a ferocious Warrior Khandoba to release people from the chaos created by demons Malla and his younger brother Mani. The day is marked as the victory of Khandoba (Incarnation of Lord Shiva) over these two evil brothers. From that day until now people in the various regions of India celebrate Champa Shashti as their way to express their joy and faith in Lord Shiva. 

Notably In Pune, Maharashtra, the Khandoba temple celebrates Champa Sashti with great passion. Khandoba worshippers maintain fasts during the festival’s six days. As part of the Lord Khandoba worship ritual, worshippers and devotees bring him turmeric powder, as well as wood apple and leaves. It is believed that worshipers who celebrate Champa Shashti with complete devotion are blessed by the deity ( Khanduba ) who protected them from demons.

Besides Champa Shashti, Skanda Purana explains Lord Kartikeya’s worship on this day as important. Skanda Shashthi is also known as Skanda Shashthi for this reason. Lord Kartikeya is worshipped and a fast is observed on this day to honour him. On Champa Shashthi, you must perform Mangal Dosha worship as Lord Kartikeya is regarded as the king of Mars. 

When is Champa Shashthi in 2024?

Champa ShashtiDate & Time
Champa Shashti Saturday, December 7, 2024
Champa Shashthi Tithi Begins on12:07 PM on Dec 06, 2024
Champa Shashthi Tithi Ends on 11:05 AM on Dec 07, 2024

How Champa Shashti is Celebrated?

On the Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha, this festival is known as Champa Shashti or Chhath. In addition, Brinjal or millet is offered to Shivling on this occasion. In Maharashtra, the festival’s glitz and glamour are most prominent. Markandeya in the form of Lord Shiva that is worshipped here. During the Brahma Muhurta, Shiva devotees wake up, perform their daily rituals, and then take a bath. After this, Lord Shiva is meditating and the Shivling is worshipped in the temple. To anoint the Shivling, one uses milk or gangajal. Desi Khand is then offered flowers, abir, and bel leaves.

Apart from this, Lord Kartikeya is also worshipped on this day. For this, the worshipers of Lord Shiva’s son Kartikeya wake up early in the morning and take a bath, and take a vow of fasting and worship. After this, Lord Kartikeya is worshipped facing south. Along with this, Arghya is offered ghee, curd, and water. After this fresh and fragrant flowers are offered to Lord Kartikeya. 

However, offering Champa flowers to Lord Kartikeya on this day is considered very beneficial. After this, one should sleep on the ground at night, this gives blessings to Lord Kartikeya. Also, the worshiper should keep in mind that on the day of Champa Shashthi, do not consume oil at all, and must follow celibacy till the next day.

Wrapping Up

Champa Shashti is a celebration in which Lord Shiva and his Warrior Son Kartikeya defeat the demonic forces of Malla & Mani and Tarakasur in their human forms. Due to the fact that it was a spectacular day of Dual triumph, this festival should be cherished twice as much as any other single celebration.

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