Navratri Day Six – Invoking Devi Skandamata

On Navratri Day Six, Sunday, October 18, 2015, the fourth day of the Moon, Chaturthi, we invoke and worship Devi Skandamata, who as a further manifestation of Parvati, gives birth to Kartikeya, also known as Skanda.

Even being the son of Parvati and Shiva, He was raised by the 6 sisters, the Kritikas, whose stars shine so brightly, and so close to Earth, who the Greeks knew as the 7 sisters, the Pleides.

Skandamata Devi

Skandamata Devi

She is pure compassion and nurturing, leaving the smiting of demons to her six-headed son, who we see sitting in her lap with bow and arrow, for he leads the divine armies. She blesses us with her “no fear” abhaya mudra shown by one hand, holding her son securely with another, while raising 2 hands with 2 lotuses.

The worshipper of Devi Skandamata, besides receiving the blessings of protection and prosperity for the home, receives the added blessing of Swami Kartikeya, who, as the divine commander, slays demons.

The following mantra may be used for her invocation and worship:

YA DEVI SARVBHUTESHU MAM SKANDAMATA RUPENA SAMSTHITA
NAMASTASYAI NAMASTASYAI NAMASTASYAI NAMO NAMAH
SINHASANGATAM NITYAM PADMANCHIT KARDWAYA
SHUBHDASTU SADA DEVI SKANDMATA YASHASWINI

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Baba Rampuri, author of "Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India," and frequent commentator on Oral Tradition, Sacred Speech, and Consciousness, is an American expatriate,  the first foreigner to be initiated into India's largest and most ancient order of yogis, the Naga Sannyasis of Juna Akhara.  He has lived in India since 1970, where he practices and teaches the oral tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, conducts sacred ceremony and rites, and hosts workshops and retreats.

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