Fifth Day of Navratri – Goddess Skandmata


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Fifth Day of Navratri – Goddess Skandmata 

Skandmata is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. She is the mother of Skanda Kumar (lord Kartikeya) who is the brother of lord Ganesha. Lord Kartikeya was the commander in chief, against the war of demons. Skandmata is the daughter of Himalaya and wife of the Lord Shiva. The navratri fifth day puja’s rituals are the same as it is on other days. The other names of Skandmata are Mata Gauri, Uma, Parvati, Padamasana Devi and Maheswari. She is the mother of Skanda Kumar so she is known as Skandmata. She has the Gaur Varana so the name Mata Gauri comes. She is the daughter of king of mountains so she is known as Parvati. Being seated on the lotus in state of meditation, she is called by the name Padamasana devi. She married to lord Mahadev hence called with the name Maheswari.

Goddess Skandmata

Skand Mata is bright, has four hands and three eyes and rides a roaring lion. She carries a lotus on the right hand below. She holds Skanda Kumar (six faced) in his infant form or baby Murugan in her lap. Lord Kartikeya is also known as lord Murugan or Skanda Kumar. The fourth hand, below left hand is in Abhaya Mudra for blessing the devotees. She is often depicted seated on a lotus flower in the idol that is why she is also called Devi Padmasana. The fifth day of navratri or Devi Skandmata is a symbol of mother-son relationship. On Navrtri fifth day, the Devotees who worship Lord Skanda Mata with huge devotion and pure mind/soul blessed with love and affection.

Skandamata Mantra

Sinhasangata Nityam Padmashritkardvya,
Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skand Mata Yashswini.

Skandamata Stuti

Yaa Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Skandamata Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

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