Navratri marks the biggest celebrations of Goddess Durga’s nine avatars, and devotees across the globe perform various rituals to seek good health, wealth, prosperity and blessings of the Goddess. Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on the 5th day of Navratri.
Skandamata gets her name because of her son Lord Kartikeya. When Goddess Parvati became the mother of Kartikeya, who is also known as Skanda, she came to be known as Skandmata. According to the legends once Parvati was in a meditative state along with Lord Shiva when their collaborative meditation gave birth to an energy source.
Details: The Goddess rides a ferocious lion with Kartikeya sitting on her lap. She is depicted with four hands. Her upper two hands carry lotus flowers, while she holds baby Kartikeya in one of her right hand. The other hand is in Abhaya Mudra.
Governing Planet: It is believed that she rules the planet Buddh or Mercury.
Favourite Flower:She likes red colour flowers.
Mantra:Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah॥
Those who worship the deity are blessed not only by her, but also by Lord Kartikeya. Navratri is the most auspicious time to worship the deity.