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.
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.
The Skandamata puja is performed on the Tritiya Tithi of the fifth day of Navratri.
Puja done for self-purification
Tilak and Aachman
Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.
Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.
Aavahana and Aasan
Offer water to the Devi’s charan.
Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.
Offer cow milk for bathing
Ghrita and Madhusnan
Offer ghee and honey for bathing
Sharkara and Panchamritsnan
Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.
Offer sari or cloth to wear.
Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.
Kumkum, Kajal, druvapatra and bilwapatra
Dhoopa and Deepam
Recite the mantra and offer the diya
MantraMaa 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॥