Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Skandamata is The Fifth Form of Hindu Goddess Durga.



Navratri, the Indian festival of nine holy nights celebrates the victory of the goddess Shakti over evil. The days fall on the nine auspicious days as per the lunar calendar of Hinduism. The festival is celebrated with an ardent fervour which is rare on any other festival of the country as it is a nine-day long celebratory mood during which people observe fasting. Each day during the nine-day festival is special, with significance that relates to the goddess Durga in her various incarnations.
Day five is dedicated to goddess Skandamata. Lord Kartikeya is known as Lord Skanda and hence goddess Parvati is also known as Skandamata. Day 5 of the Navratri festival is dedicated to Skandamata - mother of Lord Skanda. The goddess rules planet Budha (Jupiter).

Carrying a baby Murugan or Lord Kartikeya, brother of Lord Ganesha, Skandamata mounts on a ferocious lion. The goddess is generally depicted with four hands - carrying lotus in two hands, she is holding baby Murugan in one hand and keeps the other hand in ‘abhaya mudra’.

Devi Puja
The puja of Skandamata is not complete without chanting mantras and offering her bananas. After offering her the fruit, the prasad must be given to a brahman. Since the goddess rules the planet Budha, this puja helps in enhancing your intelligence. You must decorate the pujasthan with flowers and offer the goddess water, rice, sweets and fruits. Do not forget to put a chandan tilak on her forehead. Married women also put sindoor (vermilion) instead of chandan or roli to safeguard their relationship with their husband forever. The favourite flowers of goddess Skandamata are red coloured flowers so you can offer her red roses.

Devi Colour
The complexion of Skandamata is shubhra, which means bright and radiant. This day's colour has a very beautiful significance as it reacts to a powerful vulnerability of the mother when it comes to her child. Just like the colour grey, she can turn into thunderstorm whenever any harm comes near her child. Skanda mata is the mother of Karthikeya, also known as Skanda. She carried him in her womb when she was chosen as the commander by the gods in their fight against evil, the demons.

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