Navaratri is a nine-day long festival, dedicated to worshiping the Nine divine forms of Goddess Durga each day. The tenth day is observed as Vijaya Dashami – The day of victory.
Kushmanda-Goddess of the Fourth Navaratri
The fourth day of Navaratri is devoted to fourth form of Goddess Durga - Goddess Kushmanda. Fourth day of Navaratri begins with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
Goddess Kushmanda is considered to be the creator of the universe. Devotees worshiped this auspicious day with full of veneration and invoke the Mother by chanting Mantra, Stotra, and Durga Stuti.
When is to observe?
In 2014, Kushmanda form of Durga is worshiped on fourth day of Shaardiya Navaratri i.e. Ashwin shukla chaturthi falls on 28th September.
Goddess Kushmanda shines like the glowing sun. Whole universe illuminated with her aura. The name Kushmanda is a combination of three words- Ku, Ushma and Anda. Here 'Ku' means little, 'Ushma' means warmth or energy and 'Anda' is egg. It basically means the one who created this universe as a 'little cosmic egg'. The Goddess is very happy in this manifestation.
Goddess Kushmanda is depicted as an eight armed Goddess known as "Ashtabhuja". In Her seven hands she holds a kamandalu, bow, arrow, lotus, a jar of nectar, mace and a chakra. In her eighth hand she holds a rosary which blesses her devotees with the Ashtasiddhis (8 types of studies or Wisdom sources) and Navniddhis (9 types of wealth). She rides a lion which represents Courage and 'Dharma' (Duty for religion).
According to Durga Saptshati, Kushmanda is the Goddess who has the strength to abode in the core of Sun. It is believed that Sun is governed by Goddess Kushmanda i.e. She has power to control whole Solar system.
As per ancient scriptures, when there was eternal darkness all around, and no existence of any creation, then Goddess Kushmanda smiled and spread light in all directions and hence created the universe.
In Sanskrit Kushmand means pumpkin and she liked the sacrifice of pumpkin. This is the other reason that she is known by the name of Kushmanda. The devotees who desire to enter into the Anhat chakra in their mind should worship the goddess to get the blessings from her.
Goddess is holding a jar of nectar in one of her hand signifies that worshiping her, devotees blessed with long life and good health along with Name, Fame and Prosperity.
As Goddess Kushmanda is the source of all creations, she provides the energy to devotees to improve decision making ability and intelligence. She shows them the right path of living and eradicates all hindrances.
Mantra to recite while worshiping Devi Kushmanda:
Surasampurnakalasham Rudhiraplutmeva Cha
Dadhana Hastpadhyabhayam Kushmanda Shubhdastu Me
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