Fourth Day Navratri Devi Puja – Goddess Kushmanda
Worship of Goddess Kushmanda on the Fourth Day of Navratri
|Date ||Chaitra Navratri - 16th April 2021, (Friday) |
Shardiya Navratri - 10th October 2021, (Sunday)
|Color ||Green |
|Beej Mantra || || Om Hreem Kushmandayai Jagatprasootyai Namah || |
Maa Kushmanda, the fourth Avatar of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the 4th day of Navratri 2021. She rules your Heart chakra ruled by Narayana. Her name means 'the cosmic egg' and she is considered the creator of the universe. As per the Hindu mythology, 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 of Maa Durga is the source of all. Since she created the universe, she is called Adiswarup and Adishakti.
Once there was a complete darkness all around. A divine formless light spread everywhere, lighting up the voide darkness in all the directions. The light assumed a form of goddess and she was Goddess Kushmanda. ‘Ku’ means little, ‘Ushma’ means warmth or life energy and ‘Anda’ means cosmic egg. When she smiled the light assumed the shape of an egg and turned into a habitable universe.
All the material planets and other galaxies started springing up. Then she caused the planets full of bright light and heat to emerge. Those planets came to be known as suns that sustained the innumerable lives on different planets. The suns became the source of energy on all those planets in different galaxies but She became the source of the suns.
After that, She created a pitch black goddess from her left eye The black goddess had ten faces, ten arms, ten feet, thirty eyes, fifty fingers and fifty toes. The goddess was Mahakali who was seated on a burning funeral pyre with cleaver, trident, discus, arrow, shield, severed head, skull-cup, conch-shell, cross-bow and a club.
Next, She created a ferocious goddess from her third eye. That goddess with the complexion of lava had eighteen arms. She was named Mahalakshmi who was in saffron clothes with a warrior’s armour seated on a lotus and roared ferociously.
Next She created Mahasaraswati with the complexion of milk from Her right eye. Mahasaraswati had eight arms and three placid eyes. She wore white clothes and had a divine crescent on her forehead and other weapons like trishul, discus, pestle, arrow, shell, bell, bow and a ploughshare.
After Mahasaraswati, Goddess Kushmanda created a man with five heads and a woman from the body of Mahasaraswati The man had lotus, divine books, rosary and a waterpot. She named is Brahma. The woman who had four arms and who was in the white sari with a goad, a rosary, a book and a lotus was named Saraswati. In the same way She created a man and a woman from Mahalakshmi and named them Lakshmi-Vishnu.
She has eights hands in which she holds Kamandul, 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 Kushmanda represents Anahata Chakra in spiritual practice. The divine blessing of Maa Kushmanda helps you fulfill your desires. She brings enemies in your goodwill. Maa brings light into darkness and establishes harmony in your life.
Goddess Kushmanda Mantra & Puja Vidhi:
Goddess Parvati (after the Siddhidatri manifestation) started residing in the centre of the Sun ensuring that He releases the power to the universe. This manifestation is known as Kushmanda. This divinity has the power to live inside of the Sun. It is said that She radiates the fire and energy of the Sun.
She is shown riding a lioness and has eight hands. In Her right hand She holds Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal and in Her left hand She holds Amrit Kalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra. Because of Her eight hands She is also known as Ashtabhuja Devi. It is believed that She created this entire universe with Her mere smile.
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Kushmanda Puja Vidhi:
The fourth night of Navratri begins with worship of Kushmanda which is performed by using sacred puja items. The devotee uses a shallow pan like utensil made of clay as base. Three layers of mud and Sapta Dhanya/Navadhanya (grains) seeds are poured into the pan. The next is a little water is sprinkled so that seeds get enough moisture. A Kalasha (holy water pot) filled with Ganga jal, Supari, a few coins, Akshat (raw rice mixed with turmeric powder) and Durva grass is placed in the base. Then the five Mango tree leaves put around the neck of the Kalash which is then covered by a coconut.
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Surasampurnakalasam Rudhiraplutameva Cha |
Dadhana Hastapadmabhyam Kusmanda Subhadastu Me ||
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