Skanda Mata Devi
Worship of Goddess Skanda Mata on the Fifth Day of Navratri About Goddess Skanda Mata
Day 5 Navratri 2016: 6th October (Thursday)
Goddess to be worshipped: Goddess Skanda Mata
Color to be worn: Yellow
Skanda mata is the sixth aspect of Navdurga. On the blessed sixth day of Navratri Pooja in 2015, Skanda mata is worshipped. Goddess Parvati is mother of Kartikeya (Lord Skanda) and thus revered with name 'Skanda mata'. When all Devta (deities), Rishi-Muni (saint, holy men) and Manushya (mankind) was tired from torment as well as domination of colossal giant Tarakasur, Kumar Kartikeya is the only almighty who demolished the tyranny of Devil Tarakasur. Being the mother of powerful deity Kumar Kartikey, mother Parvati is glorified with the name 'Skanda Mata'. She is the true Goddess of endurance.
She is represented with four-arm holding six-faced infant Kumar Kartikey in her lap. Her both right and left upper hands hold lotus flower. She is also revered with name 'Padamasana devi' as she seats on lotus in state of meditation. Worshipping mother of Skanda on the sixth day of Navratri Pooja has great significance. She mesmerizes the worshippers with her peace and tranquility. She is the true Goddess of purity. By offering invocation to this almighty, worshippers can travel the tranquil Universe to pacify their soul and mind. This great journey makes them realize the heavenly truth of life. They leave their sorrows behind and achieve the great and divine contentment in life.
It is believed that devotees and worshippers enter in 'Vishudha Chakra' during this day of Durga Pooja. Vishudha means pure in all directions. Thus, in this state, worshipper moves toward undiluted thoughts. They feel removal of impurities and tensions of outer world, and immerse themselves completely in adherence of mother Skanda. Worshiping mother Skand on auspicious sixth day of Navratra, devotees experience and realize the immense peace and pleasure in soul and mind. They become entirely free from meaningless anxieties of life and enjoy the divine happiness endowed by mother Skanda.
Panchami of Navratri Pooja is completely dedicated to mother Skanda that help devotees to achieve her profound blessings. Her divine luster radiates the life of her devotees. With her grace, all true wishes are accomplished. She never let her devotees return with empty hands. In fact, her blessings are boundless that bestows real peace in life. She shows the directions toward Nirvana or Moksha. Offering devotion to this Goddess, devotees come out from dilemma of life and peacefully move ahead for salvation. Jai Skanda Mata!
Goddess Parvati is also called the Skanda Mata after She became the mother of Lord Kartikeya or Skanda. Her complexion is Shubhra which is pure white. Worshipping Skanda Mata bestows the devotees with the blessings of Lord Kartikeya., the God of War. This is the only form of Navadurga that possesses this quality.
Her vahana is the ferocious lion and she is shown with 4 hands. She carries baby Murugan or Kartikeyan in Her lap holding Him in the right hand. She holds the lotus flowers in her upper two hands. Her other right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. She is seated on a lotus and hence known as Goddess Padmasana.
Maa Skanda Mata Mantra:
Sinhasan Gata Nitayam Padmashrit Kardvaya |
Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skanda Mata Yashashvini ||
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