Goddess Skandamata – Fifth Day of NavratriPublished On : March 18, 2017 | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
What Do You Know About Goddess Skandamata?
Mysterious origin of fifth goddess Skandamata Day 5
For the welfare of the entire world and for the betterment of the devatas, Goddess Durga manifested nine different forms during the nine days of Navaratri. In this sequence, the incarnation of Goddess Skandamata takes place exactly on the fifth day for blessing the devotees. In the Vedas and Puranas, various deities are not only equated with the parents, but they are also known as “bhakta-vatsala” meaning affectionate towards their devotees. This shows that they act towards the protection and nourishment of this world in the same manner as the parents are protective and affectionate towards their children. They make the best efforts to make their children happy and to remove negativities and obstacles from their life. If children suffer from any pain or sickness; there is a tendency to immediately make the best efforts to save the child from these problems. Even when the children have differences with them and even when the children are deeply rooted in ego and pride of youth, position, money etc. Even when the children turn away their faces from the parents when they are in need. Despite all these, parents never forget their children and their affection never ceases for their children until their last breath. Similarly, the divine form of the goddess known as Skandamata is always prepared to bless her children and help them during their distress. She tries to dispel the obstacles with her kind blessings. If a devotee is genuinely devoted towards her and surrenders his ego to the goddess, she is capable of immediately showering her divine grace. As per the Chhandogyashruti, the Sanatkumara born out of the goddess is known as “Skanda”. As she is the mother of Sri Skanda, she is known as “Skanda-mata”. She is the mother of Skanda, who is the commander of the army of devas. She holds Skanda (child form) in her lower right arm. She also holds blessing gesture, lotus flower and rides a lion who is the symbol of bravery. Goddess is the giver of all the desired fruits to her children.
Pooja method of Goddess Skandamata
The fifth form of Maa Durga is known in the name of Skandamata. Her poojan and archana have to be done on the fifth Navratri. Devotees are blessed with desire fulfillment by performing the pooja. Additionally, worshiping this particular form of goddess brings the parental bliss in one’s marital life. Which means one is blessed with a progeny with the blessings of the mother. Thoughts get purified and mind becomes happier. One also gets inspiration to properly execute his domestic responsibilities for the family. Hence, devotees should carefully perform the pooja with devotion by first worshiping the invoked deities and then proceed to worship goddess Skandamata with pure water, sacred water, rice, fragrance, flowers, incense, lamp, eatable offerings and one must offer all the remaining pooja materials one by one to the goddess during the pooja after finishing his daily regular prayers and bathing etc.
Mythological story of Sri Skandamata
The auspicious form of goddess Skandamata is very divine and effulgent. Her vision and blessings grant wealth, prosperity, and progeny in a miraculous way. In the Durga Saptashati, we find a story regarding the goddess narrated in a very beautiful manner. She is the remover of pain and sorrows from the life of all living beings. She is omnipresent and her worship is capable of granting all the desires and riches. She is the one who is the origin of the world and she nourishes this universe with her motherly affection. Even in extremely negative situations and even during the crisis, she never forgets about the welfare of this world. She always removes the fears of the devotees and those on whom the goddess has showered her grace are always respected everywhere, they are blessed with glory and wealth. They never go away from dharma and their spouse and children are always protected and nourished. By receiving her grace, noble men perform righteous and religious actives on a regular basis and finally ascends to the heavens. Hence the goddess is certainly giver of the boons in all the worlds. By merely remembering her, devotees can get rid of any fear or negative emotions. She inspires the devotees with righteous and positive thoughts when remembered with a pure heart. Her worship is capable of saving one from fear and poverty. O, Devi! There is no one like you who is so compassionate and propitious for every living being. Book Navaratri Nav Durga Pujan,
The mantra of Goddess Sri Skandamata
With regard to goddess Skandamata, we find mantras and stotras related to her in many ancient scriptures. These are very auspicious and are capable of ending all the miseries and difficulties of the devotees by granting the needs of the sadhakas. We are presenting here, some useful mantras of the goddess which are capable of granting all the desires. Below are the mantras especially used for worship of goddess Skandamata
दुर्गायै दुर्गपारायै सारायै सर्वकारिण्यै। ख्यात्यै तथैव कृष्णायै धूम्रायै सततं नमः।।
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः।।
durgayai durgapaaraayai saaraayai sarvakaarinyai |
khyatyai tathiva krishnayai dhumrayai satatam namah ||
Ya devi sarvabhuteshu matri – rupena samsthita |
Namas-tasyai, namas-tasyai, namas-tasyai namo namah ||
The glory of goddess Skandamata
There is special importance given to Sri Skandamata in various chapters of Sri Durga Saptashati. She has a tendency of blessing the devotees with all the fortunes and prosperity in a very mysterious way. Her affection is always abundant towards her devotees and when called by her children with love and sincerity, she immediately graces them by destroying all the obstacles. Hence, this goddess it the embodiment of motherly affection, she protects the motherhood and is the slayer of the demons. She is always ready for the welfare of her children.
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