Devi Skandamata – Overview
The Fifth Navadurga form of Mahadevi is Skandamata. Skanda, another name for the war god Kartikeya, and Mata, which means mother, are the roots of her name. On the fifth day of Navaratri, Skandamata—one of the Navadurga—is worshipped. She governs the Vishuddha chakra.
Skandamata has three eyes, and four arms, and rides a lion. She holds the infant form of her son Skanda in her lap with one hand in the fear-relieving Abhayamudra position. Usually, her other two hands are bearing lotus flowers. She has a fair complexion and is sometimes referred to as Padamasani because she is frequently shown sitting on a lotus.
Devi Skandamata and her Story of origin
The Skanda Purana is thought to have made reference to God Skanda’s birth. While they were meditating, Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva’s energies merged to create a magnificent form.
When Lord Indra learned that Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati would soon give birth to a heavenly child, he provoked Lord Agni and asked him to steal the supernatural force. It had been predicted that the offspring of these energies would vanquish Tarakasur the demon.
Goddess Parvati, upon learning of this, cursed Lord Agni, causing him to burn continuously. She added that anyone who tries to approach the fire will burn as well.
The fifth Goddess, Skanda Mata Devi, encourages and protects our divinity so that it might grow and encompass everything we encounter.
According to popular belief, Mother Durga wedded Lord Shiva to provide the Devas with a leader who would lead the forces of unity in their conflict with the forces of dualism (the asuras) (devas). Kartikeya, also known as “Skanda,” was the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and the commander-in-chief of the Armies of the Gods.
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Significance of Devi Skandamata
She is said to bestow salvation, strength, wealth, and treasures upon her adherents. Even the most ignorant individuals can receive oceans of wisdom from her if they choose to worship her. All of her worshippers’ wishes are granted by Skandamata, who has the brilliance of the sun. All of life’s accomplishments and riches belong to the person who is selflessly committed to her.
A devotee’s heart is cleansed through the blessing of Devi Skanda Mata. The devotees should have complete control over their senses and mind while worshipping her. One should release oneself from servitude to the world and devote oneself entirely to her worship.
Her son, Lord Skanda, who is seated on her lap, is naturally worshipped by the devotees when they worship Devi Skandamata. As a result, the devotee is able to experience both Lord Skanda’s and Skandmata’s grace.
The Mother bestows power and wealth upon a devotee if they worship her without self-interest. The worshipers of Skandamata radiate with holy light. The ultimate goal of her worship is salvation. She is commonly referred to as “The Fire Goddess.
She is a representation of the Divine mother, who, like our own Mother, gently leads us along the way. In mythology, Skanda-Mata Devi is portrayed as the kind, loving Mother who uplifts, nurtures, demonstrates, and cultivates us in such a way that all of our deeds become heavenly.
The magnificent Skandamata rides a lion across eternity while holding lotuses that bring good fortune, but the child she holds in her lap is actually Skanda, the god of war. He is the most perilous deity in the cosmos due to his rage, might, tactical prowess, destruction, and battle.
She thus symbolises the spirit of constraint and discipline, as well as the harsh and demanding lifestyle of a warrior. She maintains absolute control over herself. A fighter understands how to channel their rage for good.
All of us have feelings of resentment and anger. When we need to defend our limits, anger develops. It’s crucial that we manage our anger appropriately and in the appropriate context. The Durga’s Skandamata form is capable of changing between a serene, restrained state and a furious rage. She embodies both opposites: violent battling and serenity.
She resides at the Visuddha (throat chakra) chakra within the human body. We speak truthfully, listen attentively, and have open communication when this chakra is healthy. Our emotions are repressed and we are unable to communicate when it is underactive. When we’re overly engaged, we talk rudely, don’t listen, and gossip.
Mantra of Devi Skandamata
ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नम:
Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah
Prayer of Devi Skandamata
सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माञ्चित करद्वया।
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ स्कन्दमाता रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Simhasanagata Nityam Padmanchita Karadvaya।
Shubhadastu Sada Devi Skandamata Yashasvini॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥