Navaratri 2022 – Maa Skandmata’s significance, Incarnation and legend!

We are giving details of Maa Skandmata, Legend behind Maa Skandmata Incarnation/Avatar, description about Goddess Skandmata’s appearance, weapons etc.

Today 30 September 2022 is a 5th day of Navaratri Celebration. Every devotee is worshiped Maa Skandmata on 5th day of Navaratri. Today’s auspicious colour is Green. You may choose Green attires like saree, lehnga choli, kurti lehnga, jacket style choli lehnga, Salwar Kurti, Bandhani Lehenga Choli, Asymmetrical Lehenga Choli, Patola Lehenga Choli, Mirror Work Top & Skirt, Kurta Set With Traditional Print, Leheriya Saree, Patchwork Flared Dress, Kediyu Top & Pants, Angarkha Tunic & Dhoti Pants for women and Indian Printed Kurta set, Short Kurta set with big figure motive/embroidary, Kediyu and dhoti will be the great choice, Waistcoat kurta set for Garba nights, Navratri special attire – Asymmetric Kurta set for men.

Information of Navaratri:

Navaratri is made up of with two words combination as NAVA (meaning nine) and RATRI (meaning night). i.e., Nine nights and is observed for nine days. Navaratri (Navratri or Navarathri) is a Hindu festival of Goddess Durga which is celebrated for ten days in the autumn (September, October) every year. Each of nine days signify one of the nine forms of Goddess Shakti: Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani and Mookambika. It is celebrated in different parts of India as well as abroad. Sharad navratri dedicates three days each for the worship of three forms of Maa Shakti – Goddess Durga (first three days), Goddess Lakshmi (fourth to sixth day) and Goddess Saraswati (last three days).

Navaratri Day 5 – Maa Skandmata: Significance, Incarnation, Legend and Celebration!

On the fifth day (Panchami), Skandamata, the goddess worshiped, who is the mother of Skand (or Kartikeya). She is symbol of mother’s power and strength to save her son.

Maa Skandmata’s Appearance, Portrayal and Weapons:

Skanda Mata got married to Shiva. They gave birth to a son named “Skanda”. The word “Skanda” means leader of the army of gods.

Skanda Mata is known as the deity of fire. The idol of Skanda Mata seated in a lotus comes with three eyes and four hands.

She is portrayed riding a ferocious lion, having four arms, and holding her baby. Skanda is seated on her lap.

Goddess Skandmata has four arms, rides a lion and is seated on a lotus. She also holds a lotus in two of her hands, carries Lord Kartikeya with the third hand and blesses all her devotees with the fourth hand.

Legend about Skandmata’s incarnation:

As per legend, supreme god Shiva and goddess Maa Parvati’s first son, Lord Kartikeya, was also known as “Skanda”. Hence, Maa Parvati is often denoted to as Skandmata, which exactly means mother of Kartikeya or Skanda. Maa Skandmata is another form of Maa Durga and is believed to protect her devotees, as a mother protects her child from harm. She is a powerful goddess whose love and care assisted Lord Kartikeya defeat the demon Tarkasura.

Once upon a time, Lord Shiva was wedded to Devi Sati. But, when Sati sacrificed herself at the Maha Yagna organised by her father, Lord Shiva became angry and was left distressed. He decided to give up all worldly affairs and instantly went off into deep penance. Soon, a demon named Tarakasura began creating panic and trouble by attacking the other Gods. Also, Tarakasura had a boon that only Lord Shiva or his child could kill him. This was a cause of great fear as none of the Gods were able to defeat him.

Furthermore, on the appeal of all the other Gods, Sage Narada met Maa Parvati. He explained her the whole thing about her earlier life as Devi Sati and also revealed her about the purpose of her current birth. Sage Narada clarified that Maa Parvati would have an offspring with Lord Shiva, who would then go on to defeat the demon Tarakasura. However, in order to make Lord Shiva realize that she was an incarnation of Sati, Goddess Parvati had to perform deep meditation and penance (Tapasya).

She gave up food, water and performed hard penance for over a thousand years. Lastly, almighty God Shiva took notice of her devotion and agreed to wed her. When Lord Shiva’s energy combined with Maa Parvati’s, a fiery seed was produced. But this fiery seed was so hot that even Lord Agni, the God of Fire, was incapable to carry it. He handed it over to Ganga, who then securely carried the seed and placed it in “Saravana”, the “Forest of Reeds”.

At this time, the seed was taken care of by six sisters, who were known as Krittikas (mothers). After a long time, finally the fiery seed turned into a baby boy. Since, the Krittikas looked after him, this baby boy came to be known as Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Soon, Lord Kartikeya was made the commander-in-chief of the Army of Gods and was given special weapons to defeat demon Tarakasura. Kartikeya then fought a fierce battle with Tarakasura and ultimately killed the demon Tarakasura and brought peace in the world.

Since, Kartikeya was born out of an effusing, heated seed, he came to known as Skanda, which means “effusing” in Sanskrit. And his mother, Maa Parvati, came to be known as Skandmata.

Colour Pattern of 5th Day:

Day 5: Dwitiya (30 September 2022 – Friday) – Green

5th day colour is GREEN, which is a symbol of new beginnings and growth. Hindus worship Goddess Skanda Mata on this day. Skandamata is the fifth form if of Goddess Durga that is seen holding Lord Kartikeya in her right arm. Worshipping this form of the Devi also gives the benefit of worshipping Lord Kartikeya. If you want to get more blessing from the deity don a green colour attire on this day, which represents growth, harmony and fresh energy into life. Along with this offer Jasmin flowers to the deity.

Navaratri colour 2022 Bollywood actresses Navratri colour Green:

Navaratri colour 2022 Bollywood actresses Navratri colour Green
Navaratri colour 2022 Bollywood actresses Navratri colour Green

Navaratri colour 2022 South actresses Navratri colour Green:

Navaratri colour 2022 South actresses Navratri colour Green
Navaratri colour 2022 South actresses Navratri colour Green

How to celebrate Navaratri:

For Navratri Day 1 colour is White, and the white flower arrangement is the best way to beautify the navaratri temple decoration. The first Sharad Navratri colour is white, so to plan your navratri decoration with white colour theme, you can choose for white Tulip flowers. You can beautify the wall behind the mandap with lovely white tulips.

You can do fasting if possible and show your physical and emotional devotion to Maa Skandmata for goddess maa’s blessings for you and your family well-being and prosperity. You can also do mediation for  peace and purity.

Navaratri Prayers:

Durga Stuti 1:

Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike

Sharanye trayambake Gauri

Narayani namosthute

Meaning:

sarva mangala mangalye– To auspiciousness of all auspiciousness

Shiva -to the Good

sarvarrtha saadhike – to the accomplisher of all objectives

sharanye – to the Source of Refuge

tryambake – to the mother of the three worlds.

Gauri – to the Goddess who is Rays of Light

Naaraayani – Exposer of consciousness

Namostute- We bow to you again and again. We worship you.

Durga Stuti 2:

Ya Devi Sarvbhuteshu matrarupen sansthitah

Ya Devi Sarvbhuteshu shaktirupen sansthitah

Ya Devi Sarvbhuteshu shantirupen sansthitah

Namastasyye Namastasyye Namastasyye Namo Namah

Om Ambaye Namah

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृरुपेण संस्थितः ।
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्तिरुपेण संस्थितः ।
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शान्तिरुपेण संस्थितः ।
नमस्तस्यैः नमस्तस्यैः नमस्तस्यैः नमो नमः ।
ॐ अम्बायै नमः ॥

Meaning: Chanting Durga Stuti is alike to doing meditation. It gives a unique sense of satisfaction and one feels calm after chanting it. It also drive evil energies away from one’s life and attract positive energies. It helps a person grow healthy, wealthy and prosperous.

Navaratri Special Bollywood Songs: We are giving a list of Bollywood’s a few songs for Navaratri and doing Garba and Dandia.

Shubhaarambh! (Film Kai Po Che!)

Dholi Tharo Dhol Baje! (Film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)

Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje! (Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela)

Dola Re! (Film Devdas)

Radha Kaise Na Jale (Film Lagaan)

Udi Udi Jaye (Film Raees)

Gunji Aangna Mein Shehnai (Film Life Partner)

Lahu Munh Lag Gaya (Film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela)

Rangilo Maro Dholna (Music Album Pyar Ke Geet)

Saason Ki Zarurat Hai Jaise (Film Rock On!)

Sheronwali (Film Suhaag)

Maine Payal Hai Chhankai (Falguni Pathak)

Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye (Falguni Pathak)

Piya (Falguni Pathak)

Indhana Winva (Falguni Pathak)

Aiyo Rama (Falguni Pathak)

Pankhida Tu Udi Jaje (Falguni Pathak)

Chogada (Film Loveyatri)

Kamariya (Film Mitron)

Sanedo (Film Mitron) Rangtaari (Film Loveyatri)

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