The fifth day of Navrathri is dedicated to Maa Skandamata form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Skandamata is the mother of Lord Karthikeya or Skanda. Let us have a look at the significance of this day.
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Significance of Day 5 of Navarathri
Day 5 of Navarathri is observed to celebrate Goddess Skandamata. She is said to offer wisdom and literacy to her devotees. Worshipping her purifies the heart of devotees.
Name of Goddess Worshipped on Day 5 of Navarathri
Navarathri day 5 Goddess is Skandamata. As the name suggests is the ‘mata’ of ‘Skanda’ i.e. Lord Karthikeya or Muruga. She is referred to as the ‘Goddess of fire’ as she protects her devotees from bad demons. She is seen seated on the lotus and therefore she is also called ‘Padmasini’. She is worshipped in the form of Parvati, Maheshwari, and Mata Gauri.
Speciality of the Goddess Worshipped on Day 5 of Navarathri
Navrathri day 5 Devi Skandamata is four-handed and three-eyed. Two of her hands hold the lotus flower. One hand holds her infant son Lord Skanda on her lap and another is seen holding the fear-dispelling Abhaya mudra. It is also said to be a pose that grants boons with grace to her devotees. She is fair-complexioned and is seated on a lotus. Her vehicle is a lion.
As per legend, two demons Surapadma and his younger brother Tarakasura tricked Lord Brahma into granting a boon. As per the boon, the brothers can be killed only by a child born to Lord Shiva. However, since there was no mention of the Goddess, the child had to be born only to a male God Shiva, which was near to impossible. Thinking of themselves as invincible, both the demons started mass destruction on Earth.
The Devatas joined together and requested Lord Shiva to help. The lord of destruction let out six sparks from his third eye. Agri (God of Fire) carried each of these sparks and kept on one lotus each in the pond called Sarvana. Every spark took the form of a baby and hence six babies were formed and handed over to the six kritikas (stars of the constellation Pleidas)or karthikai pengal. The babies were raised and nurtured by these kritikas and came in front of Maa Durga as 6 toddlers. When Maa Durga saw all of them, she immediately embraced them, the bodies combined and Karthikeya took the form of a young boy with six heads. He sits on the lap of one of the powerful incarnations of Maa Durge, Goddess Skandamata.
Lord Skanda becomes the one to kill the demon Tarakasur. Goddess Skandamata groomed Lord Shiva’s son, who destroyed the demons. Goddess Skandamata’s legend symbolizes the mother-son relationship and is evident in the fact that she sits in her stance calm and serene, with her child in hand. Her abode is the Vishuddha (throat) chakra.
Colour on Day 5 of Navarathri
Navarathri day 5 colour is Orange. It is a bright and vibrant color that denotes energy, knowledge, tranquility and happiness that depicts Skandamata.
Sweets to be offered on Day 5 of Navarathri
As Navarathri day 5 bhog, payasam (sweet milk-based pudding) or sakkarai pongal (sweet pongal) are prepared and offered to the Goddess. Payasam can be made in different varieties using milk, rice, sugar, jaggery, and cardamom.
Snacks to be Offered on Day 5 of Navarathri
Along with the Navarathri day 5 prasadam, snacks like ven pongal, mocha payir sundal and bengal gram vada are usually prepared.
Other Food Items to be Offered on Day 5 of Navarathri
Fruits, especially bananas are offered to Goddess Skandamata as part of Navarathri day 5 naivedyam as it is believed to be her favourite fruit.
Flowers to be offered on Day 5 of Navarathri
Along with Navarathri day 5 aarti, flowers like Pavazha malli also known as Paarijatham, coral jasmine, night jasmine and Mullai are offered to the Goddess. In addition, flowers of red colour are also offered to the Goddess.
Rangoli on Day 5 of Navarathri
Rangoli or kolam in the shape of a bird drawn with Bengal gram flour is another specialty of the 5th day of Navarathri. Beautiful bird shapes are drawn before prayer rituals to mark the celebration of this day.
Raaga on Day 5 of Navarathri
Singing devotional songs in Pantuvarali raaga during Navarathri day 5 aarti will please the Goddess. It is commonly known as Kamavardhini raaga and is said to increase desires.
The Belief on Day 5 of Navarathri
Navarathri day 5 Goddess Skandamata is worshipped with the belief that she bestows devotees with salvation, power, wealth, prosperity, and fame. Moreover, she is kind-hearted and blissful. Therefore, devotees should free themselves of worldly bondage and pray to her with absolute devotion.
Sixty-four forms of science and art are born from Goddess Skandamata and thereby, she is believed to be the perfect example of a Goddess with knowledge and action. Worshipping her also evokes her son Lord Skanda’s blessings; therefore, devotees are blessed twice.
Day 5 of Navarathri is dedicated to the mother form of Goddess Durga and worshiped to get her double blessings. Different rituals and delicacies mark the specialty of this day.
So those were the significance of the 5th day of Navarathri. Did we cover it all? Do let us know in the comments.
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