Fifth Day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Skanda Mata

The fifth day is highly auspicious day during Navratri and is dedicated to the Skanda Mata form of Goddess Durga. Lalita Panchami Vrat dedicated to Upang Lalita is observed on this day in Western parts of India. The day is also the second day of Navratri Lakshmi Puja. Goddess Skanda Mata represents the motherly aspect Goddess Durga. She is the mother of Skanda (Kartik or Muruga).


Durga is also worshipped as Chinnamasta and Upang Lalita on this day.

Devotees observe a fasting dedicated to Goddess Lalita aspect of Durga on this day mainly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The vrat is known as Lalita Panchami Vrat. 

In some regions books and musical instruments are worshipped and displayed on this day. It is considered as a sort of invocation to Goddess Saraswathi, who will be grandly worshipped in two days time.

Goddess Skanda Mata is depicted with four arms and she rides a lion. Her one hand is in blessing posture and thus it is the maternal form of Durga.

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