Navratri day five is the day of the fifth form of goddess Durga, which is Skandamata. After the holy amalgamation of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati, they gave birth to Kartikeya, or Skanda, since then, the goddess also came to be known as Skandamata or the mother of the Skanda. The day five of the Aswin Navratra is set to be celebrated on October 21st 2020.

Right from puja vidhi, to the religious importance of this form of Goddess Laxmi, take a look at everything you need to know about Panchmi or the fifth day of the nine days of the holy Navratras.

About Goddess Skandamata

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Goddess Skandamata is the mother of the Skanda or Kartikeya who has six faces and is also the brother of Lord Ganesha. This form of goddess Durga mounts on a ferocious lion. And has four arms, the upper two arms are depicted with a lotus and the lower arms are shown holding baby Skanda in one hand and Abhaya mudra with the second hand. Skandamata is known for her benevolence and the goddess who opens the door to salvation. And, in addition to that, she is also known as Devi Padmasana as she sits inside a lotus flower with Skanda.

What To Offer To The Goddess

Skandamata appreciates all her devotees and their truest of emotions towards her. But to please the goddess, you can offer her bananas as the goddess-like them. Further, you can offer her petha as a sweet accompanied with some other fruits. Further, in terms of flowers, it is believed that Skandamata likes roses. So, you must not forget to offer red roses to the goddess.

The Most Favourable Colour

The colour of the goddess is Shubhra, meaning glowing bright and radiant. But when any harm comes near her child, Devi Padmasana, reacts to protect him and rages out like a thunderstorm. When goddess Parvati was chosen as the commander in chief of the battle against the demons, she carried lord Kartikeya in her womb and fought the battle valiantly.  Therefore, to signify the power of Devi Skandamata, the favourable colour for the day is grey. 

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Puja Vidhi

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Wake up early in the morning, take a bath and don’t eat anything before offering prayers to the goddess. While offering prayers, also offer, red roses and bananas. Goddess Skandamata is the ruler of Budhdh or Jupiter and offering prayers to her will uplift the power of your mind and will make you sharp and intelligent. Then in the evening light a diya and sing aarti with entire family. Don’t forget to be dressed in the grey code and recite Skandamata stuti:

“Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita। Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥“

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Shubh Muhurat

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When it comes to offering prayers, it is very important that it be done in the right muhurat or time period and not when you please to. On the fifth day of the Navratra, the prayers must be offered the following time period.

Shubh Muhurat 21st October 2020: Oct 20 11:19 AM – Oct 21 09:08 AM

So, make sure to offer your prayers before the shubh muhurat runs out. Happy Navratri!

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