Skandamata - 5th Day of Navratri
On the fifth day of Navratri, Goddess Skandamata is worshiped. Skanda is another name for Kartikeya and Mata means mother. In other words, she is the mother of Lord Kartikeya. She is known to bless her devotees with power, salvation, prosperity, and treasures and can grant wisdom to the most illiterate person provided he worships her. When someone worships her, Lord Skanda, who is on her lap is also worshiped and devotee gets the dual blessings of the son and mother. She is also known as the Goddess of Fire. She has four arms and rides a lion. She carries water material, a bell, and lotus. She is seated on a lotus and is also known as the Goddess with a lotus seat.
Place the Goddess's idol or picture on a table and clean that place. Sprinkle ganga jal. Keep a pot made out of brass or sand and place a coconut above it. On the same table, keep Lord Ganesha, Lord Varun, Navagraha and all the other Gods and Goddesses. After that perform puja using items such as milk, fruits, flowers, sindoor, roli, clothes for the Goddess and other adornments. Finish the puja by performing aarti.
Vande Vanchit Kamarth Chandrardhkrit Shekharam
Sinharuda Chaturbhuja Skandamata Yashswanim
Dhwalvarna Vishudhd Chakrstithto Pancham Durga Trinetram
Abhay Padya Yugam Karaan Dakshin Uru Putradharam Bhajem
Patambar Paridhanan Mriduhasya Nanalankar Bhooshitam
Manjeer Haar Keyoor, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam
Praful Vandana Pallavandhara Kaant Kapolan Peen Payodharam
Kamniya Lavanya Charu Trivali Nitambaneem
Namami Skandmata Skandharineem
Shivaprabha Samujwalan Sphuchshagshekharam
Atarkyrochiruvijan Vikar Doshvarjitam
Nanalankar Bhushitan Mrigendravahnagrajam
Shubhan Pushpamalini Sukarnkalpshakhineem
Tamondhkaryamini Shivsvabhao Kaminineem
Sushudh Kaal Kandala Subhadvrindmajullam
Prajayini Prajavati Namami Matarn Sateem
Svakarmakarini Gati Hariprayach Parvateem
Anantshakti Kantidan Yashoarthbhuktimuktitdam
Puna Punarjagdavitan Namamyhan Surachirtam
Jayeshwari Trilochane Praseed Devipahimaam
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