Today, on the fifth day of ongoing Shardiya Navratri, goddess Skandamata is worshipped.
Colour of the day: Green
Goddess Skandamata rides on a lion and she possesses four hands. In one hand she holds the infant form of her son, Lord Skanda, and another is in Abhaymudra, which dispels all fears. In her two other hands she holds lotus flowers.
Skandamata derives her name over her motherhood. Thus, the fifth form of Durga mata is prayed for happy marital life. Her son Skanda is also known as Kartiykeya and Murugan.
Devotees begin their day with worshipping the goddess, who stands for optimism, good health, positivity and happiness. Some devotees install the idol of Durga or Skandamata and offer her yellow flowers, tulsi leaves, Gangajal, kumkum and ghee.
Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu "Ma Skandamata" Rupena Samasthitha, Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah