Devi Skandamata is the fifth manifestation of Maa Durga, she was chosen by Devatas as their commander in chief in war against Demons. She is the mother of brave Lord Karthikeya who is also known as Skanda, thus Maa Durga in this form is glorified with the name of Skandamata. This year fifth day of Navratra is on 24th March 2015.
In ancient texts she is represented with four arms, both her upper left and right hands holds lotus flower. She holds six faced infant Karthikeya in her lap with the help of her right arm. Her fourth arm is raised to bless the devotees. She elegantly sits on lotus flower that is why she is also called Padamasani or Vidyavahini, she is the true symbol of purity. Worshipping her with pure heart and full devotion gets all desires fulfilled and motherly affection is showered on all her devotees.
Chant following mantra to worship Devi Skandamata –
सिंघासनगता नित्यम पद्माश्रितकरद्वया |
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्द माता यशश्विनी ||
Siṅghāsanagatā nityama padmāśritakaradvayā |
śubhadāstu sadā dēvī skanda mātā yaśaśvinī ||
According to the legend demon Tarkasur, once pleased Lord Brahma with his extremely tough penance. When Lord Brahma asked him to make a wish Tarkasur ask Lord Brhama to make him immortal. Lord Brahma denied him this blessing, saying none can escape death. Tarkasur acted smart and asked for the death by the son of Lord Shiva, since he thought Lord Shiva would never get married. Tarkasur started tortuing the people on the earth. Fearing his strength would cause destructions, the devatas requested Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to send their son Kartikeya to fight with. Lord Kartikeya/ Skand Kumar, demolished Tarkasur. Since then Devi Skandmata is a symbol of the mother-son relationship.
Navratri is time to offer reverence to the Goddess of Shakti Maa Durga.
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