The fifth manifestation among Nava Durgas, Maa Skandamata is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. She is the mother of Kumara Skanda or Kumara Kartikeya also called Lord Murugan in south India, whom she is always seen holding in her lap as an infant. Kumar Skanda was chosen by Gods as their commander in the famous “Deva-Asura Sangram”, the war of Gods & demons. Using a lion to ride, Maa Skandamata holds Lord Skanda in her right upper arm. She holds lotus flower in two of her hands. She is also the Goddess of Fire.
ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥
Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah॥
सिंघासनगता नित्यम पद्माश्रितकरद्वया |
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्द माता यशश्विनी ||
Siṅghāsanagatā nityama padmāśritakaradvayā |
śubhadāstu sadā dēvī skanda mātā yaśaśvinī ||
Meaning in Hindi:
नित्य सिंह के आसन पर विराजमान, दो हाथो में कमल के पुष्प धारण करने वाली, यशश्विनी देवी स्कन्दमाता सदा शुभ फल प्रदान करो !!
Meaning in English:
May Devi Skandamata, who is always riding on a lion and whose hands are adorned with lotus flowers, be always propitious to me.
May the Goddess Skandamata showers her blessings on you. Happy Navratri. Jai Mata Di!