Naag Puja, Lakshmi Panchami, Skandamata Puja

Everybody is aware about the elder son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He was the great and the intelligent God Kartikeya. When Goddess Parvati became the mother of Lord Kartikeya (Lord Skanda), she came to be known as Skandamata. The fifth day of Navratri is dedicated to the worship of the Skanda Devi.

Katyayani

Appearance

Goddess Skandamata rides a ferocious lion and carries the many headed baby Kartikeya in her lap. The goddess has four hands with the right hand in the Abhaya Mudra. A crescent moon of Lord Shiva can also be found on her forehead. She sits on the lotus flower and because of that Skandamata is also known as Goddess Padmasana. Red colored flowers are her favourite.

Auspicious Time

The Skandamata puja is performed on the Tritiya Tithi of the fifth day of Navratri.

Puja Vidhi

Atma Pooja

Puja done for self-purification

Tilak and Aachman

Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.

Sankalpa

Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.

Aavahana and Aasan

Offer flowers

Paadhya

Offer water to the Devi’s charan.

Aachman

Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.

DugdhaSnan

Offer cow milk for bathing

Ghrita and Madhusnan

Offer ghee and honey for bathing

Sharkara and Panchamritsnan

Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.

Vastra

Offer sari or cloth to wear.

Chandan

Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.

Kumkum, Kajal, druvapatra and bilwapatra

Dhoopa and Deepam

Prasad

Aarti

Recite the mantra and offer the diya

Mantra

Maa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri

Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah॥

Simhasanagata Nityam Padmanchita Karadvaya।
Shubhadastu Sada Devi Skandamata Yashasvini॥

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

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