In this form, Durga is four-armed and rides on a lion. She
carries a lotus, a kamandalu and a bell. Her one hand is in blessing posture.
Skandamaata is the fifth manifestion of Goddess Durga. She
is worshipped on the fifth day of the Navaratri. Her son Kartikeya is
also called Skanda. So, she is called Skandamaata or the Mother of
Lord Skanda can be seen in her lap. She possesses four arms out
of which two hold the lotus flowers. One of her hands is always in the
boon-conferring gesture and with the other she holds her son Skanda in her
lap. Her complexion is white and she is seated on the lotus. So, she is
also called the Goddess with lotus-seat. The Lion is also her vehicle.
Skandamaata who possesses the brilliance of the sun fulfills all
the desires of her devotees. He, who is selflessly devoted to her,
attains all the achievements and treasures of life. The worship of Skandamaata
purifies the heart of a devotee. While worshiping her, the devotee should have
absolute control over his senses and mind. He should free himself from
worldly bondage and worship her with a single-pointed devotion. Her worship is
twice blessed. When the devotee worships her, Lord Skanda, her son in her
lap is automatically worshipped. Thus the devotee happens to enjoy the grace of
Skandamaataa along with the grace of Lord Skanda.
If a devotee worships her devoid of selfishness, the Mother
blesses them with power and prosperity. The devotees who worship Skandamaata
shine with divine splendor. Her worship is ultimately conducive to salvation.
Om Devi Skandmatayayi Namah (108 recitation of this mantra)
Which means, Skandmata, who rides on
Lion with Kartikeya, holds lotus in her two hands and Varmudra in one hand, be
propitious to me.
Skandmaata take care of a devotee as her own child. Devotees must worship
Skandamaata specifically if they have many obstacles in life. Skandmaata then
take care of devotee as her own child and remove all his obstacles.
Navaratri Day 5 – Goddess Skanda Maata
Reviewed by Giri