Using a lion as a vehicle she holds her son, SKAND in her lap while displaying 3 eyes and 4 hands; two hands hold lotuses while the other 2 hands respectively display defending and granting gestures. Its said, by the mercy of Skandmata, even the idiot becomes an ocean of knowledge.
Maa Durga should be worshiped with PANCHOPCHAR (Fragrances, Flowers, Inceses, Diayas and Rice) or Shodshopchar.
Worshipping Maa Durga’s incarnation as Skandmata
Maa Durga’s incarnation as Skandmata is worshiped on Fifth day of Navratri. Its Meditation and
Mantras are as follows:
Singhasangata nityam padmashrit kardhya
Shubhdastu sada devi skandmata yashasvini
Mantra: Om Skandmatraye Namah
Durga Shaptashati Recitation:
Same way as the first day’s resolution Durga Shaptashati’s recitation should be done; process is same as explained earlier.
If you are reciting according to the Charitras, then you should recite Madhyam Charitra. If you want to complete the recitation of Shaptashati in 7 days, then you should recite 9th and 10th Charitra on fifth day.
If you are completing in eight days then you must recite 8th and 9th Charitras on fifth day
Recitation of Shri Ramcharitmanas
Worship in a same way as the fourth day thereafter recites the couplet, “Jo sumirat siddhi hoi gan nayak, kari bar badan…..” And after fourth rest recite till 236th couplet from Ayodhyakand.
At the end do the Aarti of Shri Ram and Hanuman.
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