The fifth day of Navratri is for Ma Skandamata. Skanda is another name for war god Kartikeya and Mata mean Mother, it means Karikeya mother.
She is an ocean of knowledge. It is believed that who worship Ma Skandamata and Lord Kartikeya, Ma fulfills all wishes of their devotees. Married women do fasting for ma Skandamata to get a powerful son like Kartikeya. Ma Skandmata vanish all sorrow from their devotee’s life and give them a happy life. Ma Skandmata is also known as the goddess of fire. Ma Skandamata fill charms in the life of their devotees. Ma Skandamata has four arms carries lotus in her two hands and one hand is one blessing posture. Lord Skanda mean Kartikeya is in her lap. Ma Skandmata rides on a lion.
Story of Ma Skandamata and fifth Navratri
According to Skanda Puran, a great demon Tarkasur did hard Tapasya of Lord Brahma, and then Lord Brahma asked Tarkasur what he wants in their blessings. Then Tarkasur replies Lord Brahma and asked him for immortal, but Lord Brahma refused by saying that no one can escape from death. Who took birth definitely gets die one day. Then Tarkasur thinks about that and thought that Lord Shiva never get married ever, so he asks Lord Brahma he can only die from Shiva’s son. Now Tarkasur starts terror on the earth and Devtas got afraid by Tarkasur and request Lord Shiva to get married. Then Lord Shiva married with Ma Parvati and then Kartikeya took birth as a son of Lord Shiva. Who kill Tarkasur and save people. Kartikeya also was known as Skanda and Skandamata is a symbol of love between Mother and Son.
Bhog or Prashad for Ma Skandamata
Ma Skandamata likes Banana. So people believe that who offers banana as a Prashad to Ma Skanadamata or Ma Durga on fifth Navratri, ma keeps them physically fit and fulfill their all wishes.
Mantra for Ma skandamata
सिंघासनगता नित्यम पद्माश्रितकरद्वया |
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्द माता यशश्विनी ||
Singhasanagata nityama padmasritakaradvaya
subhadastu sada devi skanda mata yasasvini