Maa Skandamata is a revered Goddess who is considered to be the mother of Skanda or Kartikeya, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. Skanda is also known as Murugan, Subramanya, or Shanmukha, and is associated with valour, courage, and bravery. Maa Skandamata is worshipped on the fifth day of the Navaratri festival, which celebrates the Divine Feminine in Hinduism.
According to Hindu mythology, Maa Skandamata is depicted as a four-armed goddess, riding a lion or tiger, with Her son Skanda or Kartikeya sitting on her lap. She holds a lotus flower and a bell in her two hands while her other two hands are in mudras of blessing and protection. Her image represents motherly love, protection, and nurturing, as well as the strength and valor of her son.
Maa Skandamata is also believed to symbolize the creative aspect of the divine feminine. She is said to have created Skanda or Kartikeya out of Her powers, making Her the source of all creative energy. This association with creativity and creation makes Her an important deity in the Sanatana tradition, particularly for those seeking inspiration and artistic pursuits.
Worshipping Maa Skandamata is believed to bring blessings of motherly love, protection, and creativity. It is also believed to help in overcoming obstacles, particularly those related to creative pursuits, and to inspire courage and bravery.