The fifth day of 𝗡𝗮𝘃𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶 also known as Panchami, this day is associated with 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐚. Skandamātā is four-armed, three-eyed, and rides on a lion. One of her hands is in the fear-dispelling Abhayamudra position while the other is used to hold the infant form of her son 𝗦𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮 on her lap. Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati’s first son, 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗸𝗲𝘆𝗮, was also known as “Skanda”. Hence, Maa Parvati is often referred to as Skandmata, which literally means mother of Kartikeya or Skanda.
Skandmata is another form of Maa Durga and is believed to protect her devotees, just like a mother protects her child from harm. She is a powerful goddess whose love and care helped Lord Kartikeya defeat the demon Tarkasura.