The Sapta Matrika are affiliated to Mother Shakti and Skanda, the warrior god. ‘Matrikas’ means mother and ‘Matris’ indicate a group of mothers. Thus Sapta-Matrikas means Seven Mothers. They are part and parcel of Mother Worship. At times the Matrikas are worshiped as Ashtamatrika with one additional Goddess. They are all incarnations of Goddess Shakti and their character and depiction is regional rather than having a constant principle. They are generally described to have auspicious qualities. The general consensus is that the Sapta-Matrikas appeared to defeat the thousands of Andhaka’s that were born from the blood of the demon Andhaka.