Chaitra Navratri 2024 Day 5 of Maa Skandamata

As Chaitra Navratri progresses, each day brings devotees closer to different manifestations of the divine feminine energy. Day 5, falling on April 13, 2024, is dedicated to Maa Skandamata, the nurturing mother of Lord Kartikeya, also known as Skanda or Murugan. Let’s delve into the significance of this day, the rituals, and the puja practices associated with venerating Maa Skandamata.

Who is Maa Skandamata?

Maa Skandamata is the fifth form of Goddess Durga, symbolizing maternal love, protection, and prosperity. Her name derives from “Skanda,” which refers to Lord Kartikeya, and “mata,” meaning mother. She is depicted with four arms, cradling her son Skanda, seated on a lion, and exuding compassion and fearlessness. As the ruler of the planet Buddha, she blesses her devotees with wisdom and enlightenment.

Day 5 Significance and Timings

Day 5 of Chaitra Navratri holds profound significance as devotees seek the blessings of Maa Skandamata for protection, prosperity, and success. According to Drik Panchang, the auspicious timings for the day are as follows:

  • Panchami Tithi: Until 12:04 pm
  • Chaitra Shukla Panchami begins: April 12, 1:11 pm
  • Chaitra Shukla Panchami ends: April 13, 12:04 pm
  • Brahma Muhurat: 4:28 am to 5:13 am
  • Vijaya Muhurat: 2:30 pm to 3:21 pm
  • Ravi Yoga: 5:58 am to 9:15 pm

Colour, Puja Rituals, and Offerings

The color associated with Day 5 of Chaitra Navratri is Slate Gray. Devotees begin their day with an early bath and purification rituals before setting up the puja area. Offerings such as Gandham, Pushpam, Deepam, Sugandham, fruits, and Naivedyam are made to Maa Skandamata. Worshipping her during the auspicious Brahma Muhurta enhances the efficacy of prayers. Alternatively, Batashe Ka Prasad can be offered if banana prasad is unavailable.

Puja Mantra, Prathana, and Stuti

Invocation of Maa Skandamata is accompanied by chanting of the following mantra:

Om Devi Skanda Matayai Namah.

Devotees also recite prayers (Prathana) and hymns (Stuti) praising her divine presence and seeking her blessings:

Prathana: Simhasanagata Nityam Padmanchita Karadvay Shubhadastu Sada Devi Skandamata Yashasvini

Stuti: Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Summing Up

As Day 5 of Chaitra Navratri unfolds, devotees immerse themselves in the adoration of Maa Skandamata, the epitome of maternal love and protection. Through prayers, rituals, and heartfelt devotion, they seek her grace and blessings, paving the way for prosperity, success, and spiritual enlightenment in their lives.

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