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Skandamata


The fifth aspect of Divine Mother is Skandmata. Skandmata is also called Parvati, Maheshwari and Gauri. She was mother of Skand Kumar (Kartikeya) so she is called Skandmata. Skanda is seated in her lap. She has three eyes and four hands. She is white and seated on a lotus. Legend has it that once a great demon Tarakasur did extreme penance and pleased Brahmaji. He wanted a boon to become immortal. Brahmaji said whosoever has come to this world, has to leave too, so ask for something else. Tarkasur was very clever. He said that whenever I die, the death should be at the hands of son of Lord Shiva. The boon was granted. Tarkasur thought Lord Shiva will never get married, so there would be no son and he would never die. Tarkasur considering himself to be invincible started tormenting the world. All the devtas went before Lord Shiva and asked his help. They requested him to get married. Shankarji was reluctant but at last he agreed. After taking human form, he got married to Parvati. She gave birth to Kartikeya or Skandkumar who later killed Tarkasur. The debt of mother could never be repaid. Skandmata laid the foundation of mother son relationship.

skandmata, navratri, durga devi


Devi Skandamata’s aradhana mantra are:

skandmata, navratri, durga devi

Ya Devi Sarvbhuteshu Matri Roopen Samsthita

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

skandmata, navratri, durga devi

Sinhasangata Nityam Padmashritkardwaya

Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skandmata Yashasvini