Devotees will worship Goddess Skanda Mata, Durga’s fifth appearance, on October 10th, the fifth day of Navratri. On this day, people wear white to honour the Goddess.
Shardiya Navratri, a nine-day festival commemorating Maa Durga, began on October 7 in India. Devotees worship Goddess Durga in nine different forms over the course of nine days, including Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, and Mahagauri. The collective name for them is Navdurga. The festival commemorates the death of Mahishasura by Maa Durga in honour of the triumph of good over evil.
Devotees devote themselves to nine different manifestations of Maa Durga during the nine days of Navratri. It is the fifth day of Navratri, which this year falls on October 10th, when devotees honour Goddess Skanda Mata, Durga’s fifth manifestation. On this day, people wear white to honour the Goddess. White represents innocence, tranquillity, and enlightenment.
The Importance of Skanda Mata Worship
The fifth day of Navratri is dedicated to Skanda Mata, Lord Kartikeya’s mother. Skanda is another name for Kartikeya, the war god, and Mata means mother in Sanskrit. This explains Skanda Mata’s name, which means “pure Mata.” She is the motherly incarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga. Lord Kartikeya, who sits in her lap, is said to bestow blessings on those who worship him. In every way, she exemplifies kindness.
Skanda Mata has four arms in addition to a lion as her mount. She is holding a lotus and a bell in one hand. When the Goddess is a blessing, her third hand is raised and her fourth hand is holding Skanda. Parvati is also known as Mata Gauri, and she is worshipped as Maheshwari. The Goddess is said to bless her worshippers with power, riches, prosperity, wisdom, and salvation if they have a pure heart (as well as other benefits).
The Hindu festival of lights is known as Vidhi Puja.
On the fifth day of Navratri, people should bathe and dress neatly. Install the Skanda Mata idol in the main shrine of the house and cleanse it with Gangajal. After that, get an urn and fill it with water and coins. As an act of worship, give the Goddess a banana prasad. During the puja, six cardamoms are also offered to the Goddess.
Skand Mata’s Chronicles
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma was pleased with Tarakasur’s penance and devotion. He begged Lord Brahma to bestow immortality upon him. It was never accepted as fact as a result of Lord Brahma’s denial. Only Lord Shiva’s son was capable of assassinating him. Tarakasur was cunning enough to persuade him to bestow this boon on him. The demon proceeded to torment the people of Earth, believing Lord Shiva to be unmarried.
The Devtas wanted Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati to marry because they were afraid of Lord Shiva’s power. As a result, Tarkasur’s reign was ended by Lord Kartikeya or Skand Kumar, their child. The throne of the goddess Skanda Mata represents the mother-child bond.