Fourth Day of Navratri – Worshipping Goddess Kushmanda
On the fourth day of Navratri, Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped. Her name is formed with three words — ‘Ku’, ‘Ushma’ and ‘Anda’; Ku stands for little, Ushma stands for warmth and Anda means egg. It stands for someone who created this universe as a small cosmic egg. It is believed that the Goddess created this universe with her smile. She has eight arms holding Kamandalu, Gada, Chakra, Dhanush, lotus-flowers and other edges and a japmala. She rides a lion and since she has eight arms, she is also known as ‘Devi AshtaBhuja’. She blesses her devotees with brightness, peace and clarity.
To seek her blessings, the mantra given below can be chanted on the fourth day of Navratri:
Ya Devi sarvabhuteshu Ma Kushmanda Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
It means the Goddess who is omnipresent as the personification of universal mother, the goddess who is omnipresent as the embodiment of power and the goddess who is omnipresent as the symbol of peace.I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her
First place a kalash and then worship your Ishta devta and other Gods and Goddesses and then pray to Goddess Kushmanda. Before beginning the puja, take flowers in your hands and bow down before the Goddess. And after that offer flowers, coconut, fruits, milk, sindoor, dhoop and decorate the Goddess with jewellery and other adornments. Perform an aarti and end the puja with distribution of prasadam.
Vande Vanchit Kamarth Chandraghkrit Shekharam
Sinhruda Ashtabhuja Kushmanda Yashswanim
Bhaswar Bhanu Nibha Anahat Stihta Chaturth Durga Trinetraam
Kamandalu, Chap, Baan, Padamsudhakalash, Chakra, Gada, Japavatidharam
Patambar Paridhana Kamniya Mriduhasya Nanalamkar Bhushitam
Manjeer, Haar, Keyoor, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam
Praful Vadnamcharu Chibukam Kant Kapola Tung Kucham
Komlangi Smermukhi Shrikanti Nimnanabhi Nitnambneem
Durgatinashini Twahi Daridradi Vinashneem
Jayamda Dhanda Kushmanda Pranmamyaham
Trailokyasundari Twahi dukh shok Nivarineem
Parmanandmayi Kushmanda Pranmabhyaham
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Goddess Kushmanda, Mantras And Meaning
4th Day Worshipping of Goddess Kushmanda During Navratri
Origin – After taking form of Siddhidatri, Goddess Parvati started living inside the center of the Sun so that He can liberate energy to the universe. Since then Goddess is known as Kushmanda. Kushmanda is the Goddess who has the power and capability to live inside the Sun. The glow and radiance of her body is as luminous as that of the Sun.
Navratri Worship – Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri.
Governing Planet – It is believed that Goddess Kushmanda provides direction and energy to the Sun. Hence God Sun is governed by Goddess Kushmanda.
Iconography – Goddess Siddhidatri rides on the lioness. She is depicted with eight hands. She has Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal in the right hands and Amrit Kalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in the left hands in that order.
Devanagari Name – कूष्माण्डा
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कूष्माण्डा रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
Details – Goddess Kushmanda has eight hands and because of that She is also known as Ashtabhuja Devi. It is believed that all the power to bestow Siddhis and Niddhis are located in her Jap Mala.
It is stated that She created the whole universe, which is called Brahmanda (ब्रह्माण्ड) in Sanskrit, by just flashing little bit of her smile. She also likes Bali of white pumpkin known as Kushmanda (कुष्माण्ड). Due to her association with Brahmanda and Kushmanda She is popularly known as Goddess Kushmanda.