Mumbai: The nine forms of Durga are worshipped during the auspicious period of Navratri. On the fifth day, Lord Kartikeya’s mother – Skandamata - is worshipped by devotees.
Since Durga gave birth to Lord Kartikeya in this form, she is known as Skandamata.
She is depicted with four hands and has baby Kartikeya on her lap. She is mounted on a lion.
Her devotees worship her for attaining wisdom and salvation. She has the power to instil knowledge even in the most illiterate person. By worshipping her, devotees also get the blessings of Lord Kartikeya.
Here’s a simple Mantra dedicated to Devi Skandamata:
ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥
Om Devi Skandamatayay Namah॥
Check out Skandamata Stuti here:
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ स्कन्दमाता रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah॥