Kushmanda Devi: The Goddess Worshipped On Fourth Day Of Navratri
The fourth avatar of Durga is Kushmanda Devi. According to beliefs, with her divine smile, she is known to end the darkness and create the world. The goddess name has come from her interrelation with Kushmand (Bali of white pumpkin) and Brahmand (world).
Navratri is the nine-day long festival and nine forms of Durga is worshipped during these nine days. The fourth avatar of Durga is Kushmanda Devi. According to beliefs, with her divine smile, she is known to end the darkness and create the world.
The goddess name has come from her interrelation with Kushmand (Bali of white pumpkin) and Brahmand (world).
She is believed to reside in the Sun’s nucleus and releases energy to the universe and possess healing powers. Worshipping of her improves health, and she also blesses wealth and strength to her devotees.
The goddess has eight to ten hands carrying a trident, mace, discus, sword, arrow, bow, hook, blood and two jars of honey (Elixir).
One of her always remains in abhayamudra from, this is her blessing pose to all her devotees. The legend of Maa Kushmanda goes this way, when darkness was there all over there was no indication of the world anywhere, then, a ray of divine light goddess Kushmanda appeared. The silent smile of her gave birth to the universe.
It is said that she was the one who created the Cosmic egg, from which the planets, stars, earth galaxies all brought into being. However, to sustain life the sphere needed the God sun. To prevail life, Maa Kushmanda centred herself in between the sun to provide energy and light to all.
What Does The Maa Kushmanda Worshipping Give?
The worshipping of Goddess opens the door to fame, glory and respect. The goddess is peaceful, serene and gentle for her devotees. She also destroys the wicked and evils. The idol of goddess depicts both beauty and bravery. The worshipping of her will keep you away from negative energy.
The governing body of the goddess is the Sun and her favourite colour is royal blue. That is why royal blue is worn by devotees on the fourth day of Navratri. The Maa Kushmanda mantra is “Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah”. Worship her to improve their decision-making ability and intellect. Her favourite Prasad is Malpua.