Compiled by: Nibandh Vinod
Last updated: Oct 19, 2023 08:58 IST
SHARDIYA NAVRATRI 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers to Goddess Skandamata on the fifth day of Navratri on Thursday. Maa Skandamata is the mother of the war god Kartikeya and is depicted riding a lion cub and holding Kartikeya on her lap. She is a symbol of strength, courage and motherly love.
“Goddess Skandmata, the symbol of motherly love, is worshiped today. It is my wish that Mother Goddess blesses all her worshipers with a new consciousness and a new creation,” PM Modi posted in Hindi on X, formerly Twitter. He also shared a video of Maa Skandamata Stuti.
The nine-day Shardiya Navratri celebrations started on October 15. The festival is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga and her various forms. Each day of Navratri is associated with a different form of the goddess and has a specific color and meaning.
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Maa Skandamata is the mother of Lord Skanda, also known as Kartikeya, the god of war and commander of the heavenly army. She is depicted as a mother figure holding her son Skanda on her lap. She is often depicted riding a lion, and she has four arms. Her name is derived from ‘Skanda’, meaning war, and ‘Mata’, meaning mother. She symbolizes the protective and nurturing aspect of a mother.
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Devotees worship Maa Skandamata on the fifth day of Navratri to seek her blessings for the well-being and protection of their children. She is believed to bestow strength, wisdom and protection on her devotees.
MAA SKANDAMATA PUJA SAMAGRI
Performing the puja of Maa Skandamata during Navratri involves a specific set of rituals and prayers. Here is a simplified step by step guide on how to perform Maa Skandamata puja.
- A photo or idol of Maa Skandamata.
- A clean and quiet place for the puja.
- A chowki or a clean cloth to place the idol or image on.
- Incense sticks, a diya (lamp) and camphor for aarti.
- Flowers, mainly white or gray in color.
- Fresh fruit and sweets as offerings.
- Red and yellow sacred threads (kalava or mauli).
- A coconut.
- Some coins.
- A bell.
MAA SKANDAMATA PUJA VIDHI
PREPARING THE ALTAR
- Place the chowki or a clean cloth on the altar.
- Place the image or idol of Maa Skandamata on the chowki.
INVOCATION (PRANAM MANTRA)
- Start by lighting the diya (lamp) and incense sticks.
- Ring the bell to signal the beginning of the puja.
- Chant the Pranam mantra: “Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah.”
- Offer fresh flowers to the goddess.
- Offer fruits and sweets as bhog (food offering).
- Place the coconut and some coins in front of the statue.
- Tie the sacred threads (kalava) around your wrist.
- Perform the aarti using the lit diya (lamp) and camphor.
- Sing or recite Maa Skandamata aarti or bhajans.
- You can also ring the bell during the aarti.
PRAYERS AND MANTRAS
- Chant the Skandamatata Mantra: “Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah” or any other mantra dedicated to her.
- You can also recite the Durga Chalisa or other relevant prayers.
MEDITATION AND REFLECTION
Spend some time in meditation or silent reflection, focusing on your devotion and seeking the blessings of Maa Skandamata.
CONCLUSION OF THE PUJA
- Offer your gratitude to Maa Skandamata for her blessings.
- Untie the sacred threads and wear them on your wrist as a symbol of protection.
- Distribute the blessed prasad (fruits and sweets) to family members.
- Continue to light the diya and incense to the goddess every day of Navratri.
- Offer fresh flowers and say prayers.