Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NAVARATRI 2010 - Skanda Mata Day 5

NAVARATRI 2010 - Day 5 - Skanda Mata (Dress Red)

The fifth aspect of Mother Durga is known as Skanda Mata. She is the mother of Kumara or Skanda or Kartikeya, who was chosen by the gods as their commander in the war against the demons. His glory has been narrated in the Puranas and he is referred to as Kumara and Saktidhar. His vehicle is a peacock and he is called Mayuravahana.

Thus being the mother of Skanda she is Skandamata. She is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. This day the striver's mind reaches Visuddha Chakra and stays therein. In her image the Lord Skanda in his infant form is always found. She holds him in her lap.

ThisDivine Mother has four arms. She holds Lord Skanda in her right upper arm and a lotus flower in her right lower hand, which is slightly raised upward. The left upper arm is in a pose to grant boons and in lefther lower hand, which is raised, she again holds a lotus. The hue of her body is very bright. She is seated ona lotus flower so she is called Padmasana.

The scriptures are very eloquent in glorifying the fifth day of Navaratri period. The mind of the aspirant, on this day, is in the Visuddha Chakra. So all his actions internal as well as external completely stop and the mind bereft of all thought-waves, is calm like a calm ocean. It would be advancing towards the state of pure consciousness. It is completely submerged in the meditation of Mother Padmasana, quite devoid of worldly thoughts of Maya. It is a time when the aspirant should be most careful and cautious on the path of his Sadhana.

By worshipping the Divine Mother in the form of Skandamata, the devotee gets all his desires fulfilled. He starts tasting the Supreme joy even in this very mortal world. The gateway for salvation to him is spontaneously opened. Her worship automatically includes the worship of Lord Skanda in his child form. Only she has got this pride of place. So the striver should particularly be attentive to her worship. Being the presiding deity of the sun god, she bestows an uncommon luster and radiance on her devotee. He is always surrounded by an invisible divine halo, which always maintains 'Yoga-Ksema'.

Nine Days of Navaratri:
Divine Mother Aspects and Dress Colors:

  1. Shailaputri, (green)
  2. Brahmacharini, (grey)
  3. Chandraghanta, (pink)
  4. Kushmanda, (white)
  5. Skanda Mata, (red)
  6. Katyayani, (blue)
  7. Kala Ratri (Kaalratri), (yellow)
  8. Maha Gowri (Violet)
  9. Siddhidayini. (Peacock green)

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