Navratri is one of the most important festivals of Hindus. Today, October 14, 2018, is the fifth day of the auspicious festival. After worshipping Maa Shailaputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta and Devi Kushmanda in the first four days, the fifth day belongs to Maa Skandamata. The fifth form of Devi Durga is the mother of Lord Kartikeya who is also called Skanda. This is the reason behind her name. Maa Skandamata is benevolent and kind. She symbolizes the mother form of Goddess Durga.
Maa Skandamata is depicted with four hands and Lord Kartikeya sitting on her lap. She rides a lion. Praying her means you are also worshipping her child. The fifth form of goddess Durga is a symbol of the mother-son relationship who gives immense love and affection to her devotees.
It is believed that worshipping Maa Skandamata brings salvation, power, prosperity, and treasures.
As per legends, when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were meditating, their energies combined into a divine. It was foretold that the child born out of the energies will kill the demon Tarakasur and thus, Lord Indra instructed Lord Agni to steal this divine energy.
When Devi Parvati found about Lord Agni, she got angry and cursed him to be all-burner who will burn anyone who touches him and will not know the difference between right and wrong.
Om Devi Skandamatayay Namah
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah
Colour of the day
Wear white and pray to Maa Skandamata with pure heart.
Maa Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatari will be worshipped by the devotees in the upcoming days.
During the nine days of Navratri, nine forms of Devi Durga are worshipped. On the 10th day, people celebrate Vijayadashami means Dusshera by burning huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna. This year, it falls on October 19.