Do you know that Skandmata is the fifth goddess of Navratri and in Navratri, the Goddess Durga is worshipped in her Skandmata form? The name Skandmata means mother of Skand or Kartikeya.
Goddess Durga is named as Skandmata and she is the goddess of the solar system.
On the fifth day of Navratri if one worships her with full faith & devotion, the Goddess showers him/ her with contentment & wealth.
The Goddess in this form has a fair or golden complexion. She sits on a lion & has four hands. She carries lotus in two of her hands. Also, she has Lord Skanda or Kartikeya seated on her lap.
This form of Devi Durga is especially significant. Reason being, it shows the Goddess in her mother form. The Goddess looks after the whole.
Story of Skandmata:
Devi Skandmata or Parvati is the daughter of Himalaya & the wife of Lord Shiva. According to some religious beliefs, once a demon named Tarakasur was troubling the whole universe.
He had a boon that he could be killed only by the son of Lord Shiva. However, as Lord Shiva was a solitary person, he didn’t marry.
So, Tarakasur became more violent as he believed that he is famous. Later Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati. After that, Lord Kartikeya or Skandkumar was born. Henceforth, Goddess Parvati came to be known as Skandmata.
The Goddess is extremely defensive about her son. Skandmata form of the Goddess is very motherly & lovingly. She showers all her motherly love on her devotees who worship her today.
She fulfills all the desires of her devotees and blesses him/ her with ultimate joy & ecstasy.
On the fifth day of Navratri, Goddess Skandmata is worshipped together with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. The puja starts with chanting the mantras and offering an herb called Alsi. If you want to do puja ceremony at home, then you need to buy certain items that are very helpful in puja. For this, you can visit Puja Samagri Online, so you get plenty of puja samagri items like Jyot Stand with Om PSO / Brass akhand jyot with cover / diya/ oil lamp, the Holy Store Brass & Glass Akhand Jyot Diya (small) and more.
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It is believed that, if the Goddess is given Alsi, then the devotee will enjoy good health. The person is relieved from all sort of illnesses like cough, cold and other serious health issues.
The mantra for Goddess Skandmata is given below:
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandmata Rupena Sasthita |
Namasteseya Namastaseya Namastaseya Namoh Namah ||
So, worship Skandmata today with full faith and devotion to get her blessings.