Maa Skanda Mata is the Fifth form of Maa Durga, It is the form of a Mother when Maa Parvati became the Mother of Skanda also known as Kartikeya she gets the name, Skanda Mata.
“सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया. शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी.”
Skandmata is the fifth aspect of goddess Durga. She is the mother of Lod Skand Kumar (Kartikeya). Thus, she is given the name of Skandamata. In 2012, the fifth day of the Navratra is on 19th October, Friday. In this form, she can be seen with the Lord Skanda in his infant form sitting on her lap. This day devotee’s mind reaches Visuddha Chakra. She carries the beautifying image of a goddess seated on a lotus flower. This is the reason that she is also known as Padamasani.
Goddess Skandmata is diety of the solar system. By worshipping the goddess in the form of Skandamata, the devotee gets all his desires fulfilled and tastes the supreme joy even in this very mortal world. A supernatural aura in the atmosphere is discharged by the goddess and the one who worships her with the pure heart. He gets freedom from all troubles and sufferings.
The fifth manifestation of the goddess Durga was named Skandamata because she was the mother of lord Skand. The mother of Lord Kartikeya is worshipped on the fifth day of the Navratra. Lord Kartikeya is also known as Skand Kumar or Sant Kumar in various scriptures.
The goddess can be seen showering her motherly blessings on her son Skand Kumar. The goddess possesses four arms and is seated on a lotus.
Whenever the oppression by the demons increases, goddess Skandmata rides on a lion and kills them. Devi Skandmata has four arms. She holds a lotus in two hands and uses the other hand to support Lord Kartikeya sitting on her lap. Her fourth hand is raised to bless the devotees.
Devi Skandmata is herself the daughter of Himalaya and is also known as Parvati. She is also known as Maheshwari and Gauri. Being the daughter of the king of mountains, she is also known as Parvati. She is the wife of Lord Mahadeva and hence is called Maheshwari. She belongs to Gaur Varana and that is why is named as Devi Gauri. The goddess loves her son very much and is pleased to be named after her son’s name. The devotees get immense love and affection from the goddess who worships her in this manifestation.