Maa Kushmanda, the fourth Avatar of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the 4th day of Navratri. The name Kushmanda is derived from three words – ‘Ku’ (little), ‘Ushma’ (warmth or energy) and ‘Amnda’ (egg), which means ‘the cosmic egg’ . She is considered the creator of the universe. As per the Hindu scriptures, Lord Vishnu was able to start creating the universe when Maa Kushmanda smiled like a flower which blossomed with a bud. She created the world from nothing, at the time when there was eternal darkness all around.
This Swarup (form)of Maa Durga is the source of all. Since She created the universe, she is called Adiswarup and Adishakti
Ma Kushmanda has eights hands in which she holds Kamandul (a vessel),bow, arrow, a jar of nectar (Amrit), discus, mace and a lotus, and in one hand she holds a rosary which blesses her devotees with the Ashtasiddhis and Navniddhis. She is also known as Ashtabhuja. She has a radiant face and golden body complexion. Maa resides in the core of the Sun and thus controls the Surya Lok.
Maa Kushmanda represents Anahata Chakra in spiritual practice. The divine blessings of Maa Kushmanda helps you improve your health and wealth. She removes all the hurdles and troubles from your life and enables you to get rid of all sorts sorrows in life. Maa brings light into darkness and establishes harmony in your life.
Hence, the Sun, the planet linked with this form, is often seen as the cradle of human civilisation. He is essential to the beginning and continuation of life.
Mantra to be chanted on this day is “Om Devi Kushmandayai Namaha”
What to offer? Devotees offer Malpua to Maa Kushmanda to improve their intellect and decision-making ability.
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