Ma Skandamata is the fifth Shakti of Ma Durga, worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri.
॥ ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥
When Goddess Parvati becomes the mother of Skanda, she is known as Skandamata. Skanda is another name for Lord Kartikeya. He is also known and revered as Lord Murugun in South India. Lord Kartikeya was chosen by Gods as their Commander in chief in Dev-asur Sangram (War between gods and demons). Lord Kartikeya was born to kill a demon named Tarakasur. Tarakasur was given a boon by Brahma that only Lord Shiva’s soon can kill him (Tarakasur chose this boon thinking that a Yogi like Shiva shall never marry… Alas!). Hence, the birth of Skanda. Planet Budha is governed by Ma Skandamata. Worshiping Ma Skandamata gives benefit of worshiping Skanda Kumar as well, and this beautiful conjunction happens only with Ma Skandamata. She also rids the appeaser from the ill effects of planet Budha.
Ma Skandamata is depicted seating on lion holding Skanda in his infant form, with her right upper hand. She has four arms and three eyes. In right and left lower arms she is holding a lotus each. Her left upper arm is in varada mudra. She is also many times depicted sitting on a lotus flower, so she is also known as Padmaasani. Her color is Shubhra that is like white lotus. She is a having a soft and loving expression just like a loving mother.
There is special importance of fifth day of Navratri for Sadhaks. Ma Skandamata is Vishudh Shakti (Pure feminine Energy.. the one which is accommodating, forgiving and protective). Vishudh (Throat) Chakra is also abode of Akasha Tattva (Space element). So on the fifth day of Navratri, Tattva Shakti Sadhak and Sadhika should first make Sankalpam and Guru Vandana and proceed to Akasha Tattva Sadhana. A Sadhak should continuously meditate on the form of Ma Skandamata while doing this Sadhana (only during Navaratri). A Sadhak who does this Sadhana gains a completely calm mind with no ripples of thought. There is a possibility of gaining Samadhi as all the external and internal activities of a Sadhak are stopped when connection truly happens. The mind of the Sadhak gets free from all worldly bondages, the veil of Maya is no more there when he/she becomes completely in the experience of Skandamata. All the desires of a Sadhak are fulfilled. He is always surrounded by an invisible divine halo, this protective aura gained through Akasha-Skandamata communion always maintains his ‘Yoga-Ksema’. Its said, by the mercy of Ma Skandmata, even the idiot becomes an ocean of knowledge. The great and legendary Sanskrit Scholar Kalidas created his two masterpieces works viz. “Raghuvansham Maha Kavya” and “Meghdootam” by the grace of Ma Skandmata. However some believe that Kalidasa was also inspired and blessed by Ma Kushmanda or Ma Saraswati (I am sure after being initiated in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan you shall not be puzzled on this debate of ‘which’ Shakti). Worshiping Ma Skandamata purifies the home and removes negativity from the home. The healing capacity of healers also increase.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ स्कन्दमाता रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
I bow down at the lotus feet of my Guru and Goddess and pray. “May you receive all the divine grace from Goddess in this New Year.”
– Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath