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Navratri Day 5: Skandamata Puja on Lalita Panchami
Navratri Day 5: Skandamata Puja on Lalita Panchami

In Hinduism, many gods and goddesses have manifested themselves as the incarnations and established the truth and dharma in different time periods and eras.

Goddess Durga and her 9 incarnations also offer the same story. Each of these nine is worshipped on different but successive 9 days during the Navratri festival days.

This Brisk Post unveils information about Navratri day 5 and the goddess of the fifth day of Navratri, “Skandamata”.

Overview
Also Known As
Durga Puja Day 5, Navdurga Puja Day 5
Also Spelled As
Skandmata Puja
Significance
Morals and Dharma restoration
Event Type
Religious
Observed By
Hindu(s)
Observations
Skandamata Puja, Durga Puja
Goddess of the Day 5 of Navratri
Devi Durga, Skandamata (Durga Incarnation)
Celebrations
Garba Dance (Garbha)
Holiday
No
Panchang Day and Date
Shukla Panchami of Ashwin, Chaitra, Ashadha, and Magha months of Hindi Calendar (The fifth day of Navratri)
Date
-
Event in Various Years
-
occurrence/ Frequency
4 Times in one Year
Other Correlated Events
Lalita Panchami (Lalita Vrat or Upang Lalita Vrat), Dushehra (Vijaya Dashami)

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About Navratri Day 5

When Does Navratri Day 5 Occur?

It is observed four times in one year on each Shukla Panchami of:

  • On Ashwin Shukla Panchami during Sharadiya Navratri (Maha Navratri)
  • On Chaitra Shukla Panchami during Vasant Navratri
  • On Ashadha Shukla Panchami during Gayatri Navratri
  • On Magha Shukla Panchami during Magha Navratri

Color of the Day

Grey; it indicates the strength of a protecting mother when she confronts her child with danger.

Skandamata Puja on Panchami (Navratri Durga Puja on Day 5)

People worship Skandamata this day. People call this day Durga Puja Day 5 too because Skandamata is a form of their revered Goddess Durga.

Skandamata Puja Vidhi

Worship Rituals

Significance of Skandamata Puja

The worshippers of Devi Skandamata believe that she is the mother of entire universe and the way she protects her son Lord Skanda (Lord Kartikeya), the same way she will protect them too from all kind of evil.

In addition to this, devotees believe that their worship offerings to this form of Goddess Parvati will bestow the benefits from Lord Kartikeya too. They hold faith that only Goddess Skandamata’s worship can provide them these special blessings of Lord Skanda.

Goddess Skandamata’s Shubhra complexion depicts the bright and grace which also people seek while worshipping her.

It is also believed that Goddess Skandamata governs the planet Buddha.

About Goddess Skandamata

Devnagari Name: Skandamata

Origin

Lord Skanda was the first son of Goddess Parvati. He is also known as Lord Kartikeya. When he came into appearance, the devotees started calling Maa Parvati with a new name in joy- Goddess Skandamata.

Nomenclature

The word Skandamata is made of two Sanskrit words ‘Skanda’ and ‘Mata’. Here Skanda refers to Kartikeya, the son of Parvati and Mata means ‘mother’. Thus the literal meaning of Skandamata is the mother of Skanda or Kartikeya.

Goddess Skandamata is known as Goddess Padmasana because she is also portrayed as be seating on her asana (seat) of the Padma, the Lotus flower.

Depiction of Skandamata

Skandamata goddess is depicted with four arms, holding her baby and riding her Vahan (vehicle) lion, the ferocious king of forest.

The upper two hands of Devi hold the Lotus flowers. The lower left-hand embraces the baby Lord Murugan in the quiescent state. The lower right-hand rests in Abhaya Mudra that assures her worshippers of protection and her good blessings.

Other than the name “Skanda”, Lord Kartikeya is also known as Lord Murugan who is the elder brother of “first-worshipped” Lord Ganesha.

Favorite Flower

This form of Goddess Durga likes the flowers of red color.

Lalita Panchami


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