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Devi Skandamata – The Goddess Worshipped on the Fifth Day of Navratri

Devi-Skandamata

Skandamata – देवी स्कंदमाता – Mantra, Story, Stotra, Kavach, Aarti

Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. Skandamata is the 5th manifestation of Goddess Durga and the mother of Lord Kartikeya. Skanda is another name for Lord Kartikeya. Mata means mother and thus Skandamata means mother of Skanda or Kartikeya. In this form, Durga has four arms. She holds Kartikeya (Skanda) in one hand, holds a lotus in the second and the third hand and blesses her devotees with the fourth hand. She rides a lion and sits on a lotus in state of meditation (due to which she is also called Padmasana Devi). Kartikeya is also known as Lord Murugan in South India.

Worshipping mother of Skanda on the Fifth day of Navratri Pooja has great significance. She represents peace and tranquility. She is the Goddess of purity. By worshipping her with full devotion,  worshippers can leave their sorrows behind and achieve the great and divine contentment in life.

Skandamata Story – मां दुर्गा की पांचवीं शक्ति की कथा

The birth of Kartikeya is an interesting story. After Sati immolated herself, Shiva became detached from the worldly affairs and started practicing austere penance as an ascetic. At the same time, the gods (devas) were under an attack from demons (asuras) being led by Tarakasur.

As per Hindu mythology, Tarakasur was a demon who pleased Lord Brahma with his great devotion and extremely tough penance. He asked Lord Brahma to make him immortal. Lord Brahma blessed him so but with a condition that he only can be assassinated by the son of Lord Shiva. Tarakasur agreed as he knew that Lord Shiva would never get married. Tarkasur started tormenting the people on the earth. Fearing that Tarakasur would cause huge destruction and attack them as well, the devatas requested Lord Shiva to get married. He agreed and married Goddess Parvati. The child born to them was blessed by all Gods, had six faces and was called Lord Kartikeya/ Skand Kumar. He grew up to be a handsome, intelligent and powerful youth and demolished Tarkasur. Devi Skandmata is a symbol of the mother-son relationship.

Skandamata Mantra – माँ स्कंदमाता मंत्र

ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥

Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah॥

Skanda Mata Prarthana Mantra

सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माञ्चित करद्वया।

शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी॥

Simhasanagata Nityam Padmanchita Karadvaya।

Shubhadastu Sada Devi Skandamata Yashasvini॥

Skandamata Mantra For Meditation (Dhyana) In Sanskrit

वन्दे वाञ्छित कामार्थे चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।

सिंहरूढ़ा चतुर्भुजा स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनीम्॥

धवलवर्णा विशुध्द चक्रस्थितों पञ्चम दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।

अभय पद्म युग्म करां दक्षिण उरू पुत्रधराम् भजेम्॥

पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्।

मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल धारिणीम्॥

प्रफुल्ल वन्दना पल्लवाधरां कान्त कपोलाम् पीन पयोधराम्।

कमनीयां लावण्यां चारू त्रिवली नितम्बनीम्॥

Skandamata Mantra For Meditation (Dhyana) In English

Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam।

Simharudha Chaturbhuja Skandamata Yashasvinim॥

Dhawalavarna Vishuddha Chakrasthitom Panchama Durga Trinetram।

Abhaya Padma Yugma Karam Dakshina Uru Putradharam Bhajem॥

Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।

Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Dharinim॥

Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Pina Payodharam।

Kamaniyam Lavanyam Charu Triwali Nitambanim॥

Devi Skandamata Stotram In Sanskrit – माता स्कंदमाता देवी स्तोत्र

नमामि स्कन्दमाता स्कन्दधारिणीम्।

समग्रतत्वसागरम् पारपारगहराम्॥

शिवाप्रभा समुज्वलां स्फुच्छशागशेखराम्।

ललाटरत्नभास्करां जगत्प्रदीप्ति भास्कराम्॥

महेन्द्रकश्यपार्चितां सनत्कुमार संस्तुताम्।

सुरासुरेन्द्रवन्दिता यथार्थनिर्मलाद्भुताम्॥

अतर्क्यरोचिरूविजां विकार दोषवर्जिताम्।

मुमुक्षुभिर्विचिन्तितां विशेषतत्वमुचिताम्॥

नानालङ्कार भूषिताम् मृगेन्द्रवाहनाग्रजाम्।

सुशुध्दतत्वतोषणां त्रिवेदमार भूषणाम्॥

सुधार्मिकौपकारिणी सुरेन्द्र वैरिघातिनीम्।

शुभां पुष्पमालिनीं सुवर्णकल्पशाखिनीम्

तमोऽन्धकारयामिनीं शिवस्वभावकामिनीम्।

सहस्रसूर्यराजिकां धनज्जयोग्रकारिकाम्॥

सुशुध्द काल कन्दला सुभृडवृन्दमज्जुलाम्।

प्रजायिनी प्रजावति नमामि मातरम् सतीम्॥

स्वकर्मकारणे गतिं हरिप्रयाच पार्वतीम्।

अनन्तशक्ति कान्तिदां यशोअर्थभुक्तिमुक्तिदाम्॥

पुनः पुनर्जगद्धितां नमाम्यहम् सुरार्चिताम्।

जयेश्वरि त्रिलोचने प्रसीद देवी पाहिमाम्॥

Devi Skandamata Stotram In English

Namami Skandamata Skandadharinim।

Samagratatvasagaram Paraparagaharam॥

Shivaprabha Samujvalam Sphuchchhashagashekharam।

Lalataratnabhaskaram Jagatpradipti Bhaskaram॥

Mahendrakashyaparchita Sanantakumara Samstutam।

Surasurendravandita Yatharthanirmaladbhutam॥

Atarkyarochiruvijam Vikara Doshavarjitam।

Mumukshubhirvichintitam Visheshatatvamuchitam॥

Nanalankara Bhushitam Mrigendravahanagrajam।

Sushuddhatatvatoshanam Trivedamara Bhushanam॥

Sudharmikaupakarini Surendra Vairighatinim।

Shubham Pushpamalinim Suvarnakalpashakhinim॥

Tamoandhakarayamini Shivasvabhavakaminim।

Sahasrasuryarajikam Dhanajjayogakarikam॥

Sushuddha Kala Kandala Subhridavrindamajjulam।

Prajayini Prajawati Namami Mataram Satim॥

Swakarmakarane Gatim Hariprayacha Parvatim।

Anantashakti Kantidam Yashoarthabhuktimuktidam॥

Punah Punarjagadditam Namamyaham Surarchitam।

Jayeshwari Trilochane Prasida Devi Pahimam॥

Devi Skandamata Kavach In Sanskrit – स्कंदमाता देवी कवच

ऐं बीजालिंका देवी पदयुग्मधरापरा।

हृदयम् पातु सा देवी कार्तिकेययुता॥

श्री ह्रीं हुं ऐं देवी पर्वस्या पातु सर्वदा।

सर्वाङ्ग में सदा पातु स्कन्दमाता पुत्रप्रदा॥

वाणवाणामृते हुं फट् बीज समन्विता।

उत्तरस्या तथाग्ने च वारुणे नैॠतेअवतु॥

इन्द्राणी भैरवी चैवासिताङ्गी च संहारिणी।

सर्वदा पातु मां देवी चान्यान्यासु हि दिक्षु वै॥

Devi Skandamata Kavach In English

Aim Bijalinka Devi Padayugmadharapara।

Hridayam Patu Sa Devi Kartikeyayuta॥

Shri Hrim Hum Aim Devi Parvasya Patu Sarvada।

Sarvanga Mein Sada Patu Skandamata Putraprada॥

Vanavanamritem Hum Phat Bija Samanvita।

Uttarasya Tathagne Cha Varune Nairiteavatu॥

Indrani Bhairavi Chaivasitangi Cha Samharini।

Sarvada Patu Mam Devi Chanyanyasu Hi Dikshu Vai॥

Skanda Mata Ki Aarti – श्री स्कंदमाता जी की आरती

जय तेरी हो स्कन्द माता। पांचवां नाम तुम्हारा आता॥

सबके मन की जानन हारी। जग जननी सबकी महतारी॥

तेरी जोत जलाता रहूं मैं। हरदम तुझे ध्याता रहूं मै॥

कई नामों से तुझे पुकारा। मुझे एक है तेरा सहारा॥

कही पहाड़ों पर है डेरा। कई शहरों में तेरा बसेरा॥

हर मन्दिर में तेरे नजारे। गुण गाए तेरे भक्त प्यारे॥

भक्ति अपनी मुझे दिला दो। शक्ति मेरी बिगड़ी बना दो॥

इन्द्र आदि देवता मिल सारे। करे पुकार तुम्हारे द्वारे॥

दुष्ट दैत्य जब चढ़ कर आए। तू ही खण्ड हाथ उठाए॥

दासों को सदा बचाने आयी। भक्त की आस पुजाने आयी॥

About the author

Mahendra Kumar Vyas

Mahendra Vyas, with parental home at Jodhpur and born to Late Shri Goverdhan Lal Vyas and Shrimati Sharda Vyas, did Civil Engineering from M.B.M.Engineering College, Jodhpur. Shifted to Mumbai after completing engineering and worked with Sanjay Narang's Mars Group and Aditya Birla Group. With an inclination to spirituality and service, joined the Yoga stream and became a part of Yoga Niketan, Goregaon (west) in 2002 and since then practicing and imparting Yoga knowledge at Yoga Niketan and different corporates.

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