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Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Skandamata Rupena Samsthita। Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
Our ancient scriptures mention in great detail about the significance of pooja on the fifth day of Navratri. The mind and soul should completely be immersed in the Maa Skandamata and be devoid of all worldly bonds. At this time, the devotee should move towards in the worship with full caution while keeping all his thoughts focused on the prayer. Mata Skandamata abodes the Vishuddha Chakra also known as the Throat Chakra. Mata Skandamata is the mother of Lord Kartikeya (also called Skanda and Murugan). Also, known as the goddess of fire, Mata Skandamata rides a loin and is represented with six-headed infant Lord Skanda on her lap. Worshipping Mata Skandamata also please Lord Skanda and the devotee is blessed with immense prosperity, worldly treasures, wisdom and fame. Devotees who worship Mata Skandamata with a pure heart can achieve salvation.
By worshiping Maa Skandamata all the wishes of the devotee are fulfilled. It is in this world that devotee begins to experience ultimate peace and happiness. For him, the door of salvation automatically becomes accessible. With the worship of Maa Skandamata the worship of Lord Skanda is automatically completed. Since Maa Skandamata is the presiding deity of sun, her worshiper is endowed with supernatural glory and radiance. Worshiping Mata leads to fulfilment of all desires of the devotee. Lord Karthikeya is considered the commander of the gods. When the tyranny of the demons increases on the earth, Maa rides the lion to protect her devotees and destroys all the evil. Skandamata loves to associate her name with her son and adores her children, thus she is considered the goddess of affection.
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॥
On the fifth day of Navratri, first take a bath and wear clean clothes. Now install the idol of Skandamata at the outpost in the temple or at your place of worship. Purify the place with Ganges water. After this, apply Roli (vermilion) and Kumkum (Masculine) to Maa. Offer incense, Champa flowers, Betasha (Hollow sugar bubble candy), Paan, Betel nut, Clove pair, and Green Bangles to Mata. Offer fruits such as bananas and sweets as Bhog to please Devi Skandamata. Now perform Aarti of Mata Skandamata with incense and lamp. After the Aarti, distribute the Prasad. Lord Kartikeya also gets pleased by the worship of Maa Skandamata. Donating Bananas to Brahmins and needy on the fifth day of Navratri increases intelligence and strength, so one must perform the donations according to their capacity.