New Delhi: Various incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshiped during the nine days of Navratri. Each day is dedicated to a particular avatar or form and devotees pray to the mother and seek her blessings. They also observe fast and chant mantras during these nine days. This year, the festivities begin on October 7th and end on October 16th with Vijayadashami on October 15th.
Chaturthi Tithi is marked on the fourth day of the festival and Mata Kushmanda is worshipped. Ku means ‘little’, ushma means ‘heat’ or ‘energy’, and Anda means ‘cosmic egg’. Goddess Kushmanda is believed to have created the universe with her divine smile.
Kushmanda is one of the manifestations of Durga, and is worshiped on the fourth day of Navratri. It is believed that this form of Durga removed the darkness from the world with her smile. And hence, every idol of the goddess in this form has a generous smile on her face.
Maa Kushmanda is also considered the consort of Lord Shiva and is responsible for improving the health of her devotees. He also credited his devotees for providing immense wealth and power.
To get the blessings of Maa Kushmanda, chant the mantra:
Surasampurnakalasham Rudhiraplutmev Ch.
Dadhana Hastapathmabhayam in Kushmanda Shubhadastu.
You can invoke Maa Kushmanda by chanting this simple mantra
Goddess Kushmandaai Namah
Om Devi Kushmandaya Namah
Here is a hymn dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda:
Or Goddess Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupen Thieta.
Namastasya Namastasya Namastasya Namo Namah॥
Or Goddess Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samastita.
Namastasya Namastasya Namastasya Namo Namah
Navratri 2021 Day 4 Puja Method:
Goddess Kushmanda is said to like red colored flowers and this is the reason why devotees usually offer red hibiscus to her. However, if you can’t find one, you can also use red roses. Devotees take bath early in the morning and prepare their puja thal which includes a flower, water, roli, sweets, a red dupatta and a white pumpkin which is actually refined and processed to make petha or ash gourd. goes.
If you cannot find the original vegetable – white pumpkin or winter melon, you can also use processed petha or bottle gourd to offer to the goddess and then distribute amongst themselves as prasad.
Mounted on a tiger, the goddess is depicted with Ashta Bhuj or eight hands. Goddess Kushmanda always has one hand on Abhayamudra from where she blesses her devotees. This form of Durga is believed to have the power to reside within the sun. Therefore, he has the radiance and brilliance of sustaining and conserving energy.