Day 5 of Devi Mahatmyam : Third Charitra, leading to slaying of Asuras Shumbha-Nishumbha.

The fifth avatar of Maa Durga, Skandamata is worshipped today.

Skanda is another name of Bhagwan Kartikeya (Maa Parvati’s son) thus Skandamata simply means mother of Kartikeya. It is another Rupa of Maa Parvati. Thus Maa Skandamata is worshipped as the mother of a supremely gifted child. When one worships Maa Skandamata, Bhagwan Kartikeya  is automatically  worshipped as he is sitting in her lap.

In this form, she has four arms, in one she holds Bhagwan Kartikeya, in 2nd and 3rd she holds Lotus and with the fourth hand blesses her devotees.

Her worship leads to peace,  prosperity and salvation.

Gaurav Pradhan

Dr” Gaurav Pradhan is a data scientist, advisor, digital strategist and professional speaker. Highly accomplished Strategic leader & Data Scientist with expertise in predictive analytics, business intelligence and extensive experience leading business strategy and system initiatives in rapidly growing digital organisations. He was awarded with “Hind Rattan Award 2010” by Union Minister, Govt of India & was selected as one of Top 10 VISIONARY CIO, RSA by Gartner & CSSA . HuffPo listed him at 10th in The Global Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015

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