Navratri is the most pious time in Hindu culture. Not only do they worship the Goddess with complete devotion but also dedicate their self in the service of mankind. This nine-days long festivity is celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm. Now that we are welcoming the fifth day of Navratri, Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on this day. She is believed to be the mother of the Skand, the other name for Kartikey. Goddess Skandamata is in a way another roop of Goddess Parvati who gave birth to Kartikey to bring relief to the devta, holy men and the mankind as well from the torments of Tarakasur. She is an epitome of fire and blesses her devotees with immense knowledge. (Also read: How to prepare yourself for fasting during Navratri)
What is the process of offering prayer during Navratri fast?
Those who are observing fast on this day should water the Kalash without eating anything. After remembering all the Gods and the Goddesses, a special mantra to be chanted in the name of Goddess Skandamata. A devotee should offer bananas to the Goddess during the worshipping. The devotee can wear royal blue colour on this day to please the Goddess. She is the bearer of knowledge and power. Thus by worshipping her with complete devotion, a devotee can choose a righteous path.
By chanting this pious mantra one can worship Goddess Chandraghanta
Siṅghāsanagatā nityama padmāśritakaradvayā |
śubhadāstu sadā dēvī skanda mātā yaśaśvinī ||(Also read: How does fasting during Navaratri help with self-discipline and control)
What is the significance of the fifth day of Navratri fast?
Goddess Skandamata is a great and powerful entity. She knew the end of the grieves of people in trouble. Goddess Skandamata is so pious and mesmerizing in her appearance that the devotees feel overwhelmed. She is pure and calm to look at. Worshipping her with a dedicated heart and soul, a devotee reaches the rest of his mind and soul. The ongoing conflicts in his mind and the mess comes to an end. We all know that the feeling of contentment is difficult to achieve in life, thus by worshipping Goddess Skandamata, we achieve that internal satisfaction and bliss.
What do we learn by worshipping Goddess Skandamata?
By worshipping Goddess Skandamata, the devotee rises above the unending demands and desires of oneself. He aims at achieving salvation. The devotee enters the Vishudh Chakra on this fifth day by worshipping Goddess Skandamata. Thus, the devotee feels clear about his thoughts. And all the evils and negative that exist near and around them disappears. All the things that trouble the devotee of Goddess Skandamata fade away. She blesses her devotees with grace, love and affection. However, all the desires and aspirations of a devotee fulfil by offering prayers to Skandamata. Besides this, she also showers divine energy and contentment in the life of the worshipper. (Also read: Navratri Special: Why is sendha namak more beneficial than common salt during fasting)