Skanda mata is the fifth phase of Navdurga, nine Goddesses worshipped during Durga Navaratri. Skandamata is worshipped on the fifth day during Durga pooja. In 2016, Skanda mata puja date is April 11 & October 6.
Goddess Skanda mata is the mother of Lord Skanda or Subrahmanya, also worshipped as Lord Shanmukha, Kumara, Kartikeya or Murugan. Lord Skanda was appointed as the Chief Commander (Deva Senadhipathi) to fight against the demons.
Skanda Mata – Appearance or Iconography:
As Skanda Mata is the mother of Lord Skanda, she always carries him in her lap. Skandamata is four-armed Goddess, known as Chaturbhuji. Maa Skanda mata holds Skanda in her upper right arm.
In her right lower and left lower hands, she carries lotus. The left upper hand is in a pose to grant boons (Varada Mudra) to her devotees. Vehicle or vahanam of Skandamata is a lion (Simha vahini).