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5th day of Navratri!

Oct. 21, 2020, 11:48 a.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 330 views)

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The Omnipresent, Omniscent, Omnipotent Jagat Janani!

Divine Shakti manifests as the power to be conscious, to feel ecstasy, the power of desire, to know, and the power to act.

Whatever is offered in devotion with a pure heart -- a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water -- Maa accepts with joy!

Day 5

Goddess Skandamata

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The fifth form of the Nava Durga is Goddess Skandamata, the mother of Lord Kartikeya/Skanda who is the God of war in Hinduism. Frequently referred to as the Goddess of Fire, She fulfills all the desires of her devotees and gives them power, prosperity, treasures and ultimately salvation.


Origin/Birth: After Her marriage to the mighty Lord Shiva, She became mother to Lord Skanda. Thus, in her form as the mother of the God of War, she is known as Goddess Skandamata.

Etymological Meaning:Mother of Lord Skanda

Worship Day:5th day of Navratri (Chaturthi Tithi)

Planet: Mercury

Flower To Be Offered: Yellow Rose

Color Associated: Yellow

Hymn/ Mantra: Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नम

Also Known as :Padmasana

Form/Appearance: Goddess Skandamata mounts the ferocious lion. She has four hands and carries lotus flowers in Her upper two hands. She holds baby Skanda in one of Her right hands and keeps the other right hand in Abhayamudra.

Today, we celebrate the cultural diversity, richness and heritage of India by bringing to you in Her honour, ‘Devi Krithis’ by the greatest vocalists of Carnatic music in the 20th century, Maharajpuram Santhanam.

This particular form, known as “kriti” ( creation) was popularized by the most revered poet-composer of South India, Tyāgarāja (1767-1847), his contemporaries Syāma Sāstri and Muttusvāmi Dīkshitar (together known as the “Trinity” of Carnatic music), and their disciples. Heavily influenced by the ‘kirtana’ tradition, bhakti and and a one-to-one connect with the Divine, the songs are mellifluous,lilting, easy to remember tunes suited for the congregational singing. Performing in the highly disciplined and structured world of Carnatic music, bound by the intricate principles of raga, tala and bhava, Maharajpuram Santhanam’s deep baritone, masucline flamboyance is infused also with a honeyed sweetness and deeply religious fervor.

Listen to it here :https://youtu.be/hXho9IhHktE

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