Today is the fifth day of Sharadiya Navratri. On this day, Skandamata is worshipped in the form of Mother Durga. According to the scriptures, she is called Skandamata, being the mother of Kartikeya (Skanda). The nature of Skandmata is very unique. He has four arms, Skandmata holding a lotus flower in his two hands. One of her arms is raised upwards, by which she blesses the devotees. With one hand, he holds the son Skanda sitting on his lap. Mata sits on the lotus seat. Due to which Skandmata devotees also call her Padmasana. She rides on Singh(Lion).
Devotees believe that on the fifth day of Navratri, whoever worships Skandmata, gets the child’s happiness as well as the child’s happiness. Along with this, you also get fame, strength and money. In the scriptures, the worship of mother Skandamata is said to be of great importance. Being the presiding deity of Suryamandal, his worshiper becomes fast and radiant. If the mind concentrates and devotees worship Skandamata, then the devotee does not suffer any kind.
According to legends, Kartikeya is the commander of the gods. Skandmata loves her son Skanda. When the tyranny of demons increased on the earth, Skandamata rode on the lion and destroyed the wicked. Skandamata likes to associate her name with her son. Due to this, devotees recognize her as Goddess of Affection and Mamta.
Method of worshipping Skandamata
First of all, offer the lotus flower to Skandmata. You can also please the mother by offering Champa flowers. Along with this, chant the goddess Skandmataayai Namah. On this day, devotees should definitely offer flaxseed and banana to the goddess. During the worship of Skandamata, also recite Saptashati. Mother’s special grace remains to worship Goddess Skandamata duly.
Chant these mantras
1. ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥
om devee skandamaataayai namah.
2. या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मां स्कंदमाता रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
ya devee sarvabhooteshu maan skandamaata roopen sansthita.
namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo nam:
3. ‘ॐ स्कन्दमात्रै नम:..’
om skandamaatrai nam:
4. सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया.
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी॥
sinhaasanagata nityan padmaashritakaradvaya.
shubhadaastu sada devee skandamaata yashasvinee