‘Skandamata Aarti’ is the Aarti dedicated to Maa Skandamata Devi, the Fifth among Navadurga Mata, nine aspects of Goddess Durga worshipped in Navratri Durga Puja. It is popularly recited on fifth day of Navratri.
In Chaitra Navratri, Skandamata Puja date was March 22. In 2018, Skandamata Puja date in Durga Navaratra festival is October 14.
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).
Kushmanda Aarti is in the lines of the popular Aarti song ‘OM JAI JAGDEESH HARE’..