Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday bowed to the fifth form of Goddess Durga, Skandamata.
“We pray to Maa Skandamata on the 5th day of Navratri. May Her blessings spread purity and happiness across society,” Shri Narendra Modi said on the fifth day of Navratri.
Skandamata is the mother of Skanda or Lord Kartikeya, who was chosen by gods as their commander-in-chief in the war against the demons. She is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. Emphasizing her pure and divine nature, Skanda Mata is seated on a lotus, and she has four arms and three eyes. She holds the infant Skanda in her right upper arm and a lotus in her right hand, which is slightly raised upward. With her left arm, she grants blessings to the Hindu faithful, and she holds a second lotus in her left hand.