New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: It's the fifth day of Chaitra Navratri and today we will be worshipping Skandmata an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Skanda is the alternate name of war god Kartikey and Maa Skandmata is holding Lord Skanda in his infant form in her hands therefore she is worshipped as Skandmata. As per the mythological description, Sakandamata has four arms and is often shown sitting on Lotus flower. 

Maa Skandmata look

Skandmata is having four arms. In one of the hands, she is holding a lotus flower and the other hand is in varmudra- the blessing pose, to grant grace and boon. She mounts on lion and is often portrayed as sitting on Lotus flower. This is why she is also knows as Padmasani.

Maa Skandmata story

A demon Tarakasur observed hard austere penance to please Lord Brahma. When he was pleased, Tarakasur asked him to bless him and make him immortal. But, Lord Brahma denied such blessings as everyone has to die sometime. Meanwhile, Tarkasur thought of a trick that Lord Shiva will never get married so he asked for a boon that no one except the son of Lord Shiva will be able to kill him. This, he was granted by Lord Brahma. After getting this boon, Tarakasur started causing destruction and terrorizing people. On the request and prayers of devata, Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati and their child Kartikey aka Skand Kumar killed Tarakasur. Skandmata is worshipped for being a mother of the brave child. 

Maa Skandamata Mantras

Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah

Om Devi Skandmatayayi Namah Sinhaasangataam Nityam Padmaanchit Kardwayaa

Shubhdaastu Sadaa Devi Skandmata Yashaswini

Maa Skandmata Prarthna 

Simhasanagata Nityam Padmanchita Karadvaya

Shubhadastu Sada Devi Skandamata Yashasvini

Maa Skandmata Stuti

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Skandmata Dhyan

Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam
Simharudha Chaturbhuja Skandamata Yashasvinim
Dhawalavarna Vishuddha Chakrasthitom Panchama Durga Trinetram
Abhaya Padma Yugma Karam Dakshina Uru Putradharam Bhajem
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Dharinim
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Pina Payodharam
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Charu Triwali Nitambanim

Maa Skandmata Stotra

Namami Skandamata Skandadharinim
Samagratatvasagaram Paraparagaharam
Shivaprabha Samujvalam Sphuchchhashagashekharam
Lalataratnabhaskaram Jagatpradipti Bhaskaram
Mahendrakashyaparchita Sanantakumara Samstutam
Surasurendravandita Yatharthanirmaladbhutam
Atarkyarochiruvijam Vikara Doshavarjitam
Mumukshubhirvichintitam Visheshatatvamuchitam
Nanalankara Bhushitam Mrigendravahanagrajam
Sushuddhatatvatoshanam Trivedamara Bhushanam
Sudharmikaupakarini Surendra Vairighatinim
Shubham Pushpamalinim Suvarnakalpashakhinim
Tamoandhakarayamini Shivasvabhavakaminim
Sahasrasuryarajikam Dhanajjayogakarikam
Sushuddha Kala Kandala Subhridavrindamajjulam
Prajayini Prajawati Namami Mataram Satim
Swakarmakarane Gatim Hariprayacha Parvatim
Ananta Shakti Kantidam Yashoarthabhuktimuktidam
Punah Punarjagadditam Namamyaham Surarchitam
Jayeshwari Trilochane Prasida Devi Pahimam

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal