On Panchami tithi
in Devi paksha, fifth night of Navaratri, Goddess comes to us in the form of Skandamata – the one, who carries Lord Kartikeya, Her dear son, on Her lap. Lord Kartikeya, whose very weapon is called shakti, represents our willpower, as well as our inner power to overcome our inner enemies, which comes along with power of healthy self-restriction. Originally, during this fifth day of Navaratri Moon would dwell in Vishakha nakshatra, which is a birth nakshatra of Lord Skanda or Kartikeya, and which blesses us with a fiery power of penetration and facing bravely any obstacle and problem in our life, instead of trying to avoid it and “go sideways”, like our Gurudev often says.
Divine Mother in the form of Skandamata blesses us with this inner power to face any obstacle in life, but at the same time She reminds us, that power should never lead us to ahamkara or ego.