Navratri - Day 4 – Goddess Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda
Each of the nine forms of Goddess Durga is worshipped with devotion and love by her disciples during the nine days of Navratri dedicated to each form of the Goddess. Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth avataar of Devi Parvati who is worshipped on the fourth day of the Navratri by offering reverence.  She is a gentle graceful form of dignity and divine energy smiling back at the universe and blessing it, hence the name “Kushmanda”. The name Kushmanda is derived from the words “Ku” meaning “little”, “Ushma” meaning “warm” and “Anda” meaning “egg”, a sign for our rising universe as “one little warm cosmic egg”. It is believed that when there was nothing but darkness all around, she created the entire cosmos by just flashing her gentle smile. Hence she is known as a creator of the universe, an “Adi-shakti”.

Goddess Kushmanda’s appearance is radiant with warm glow of beauty, gentle face, eight arms holding weapons such as sword, bow and arrow, gada, chakra, lotus, Kamandal and other armaments. In one hand she holds a Rosary which signifies (perfection), Nidhi (treasures of fortunes and joy)
and her power to bestow it on her disciples. Devi Parvati started living inside the centre of the sun in the form of Devi Kushmanda to provide power and energy for the entire universe to grow. She furnishes every leaf of every plant, every cell of every living being for the energy to grow and prosper. Her own body glows with the illuminious shine of the sun rays.

Goddess Kushmanda is also known to have a part in the creation of Gods – Brahma, Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Goddess Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali. Just from the glance of her left eye a dark lass with pitch black complexion was created who bore ten heads, ten arms, ten feet, thirty eyes, fifty fingers and toes with raging eyes, her body covered in nothing but pitch black long hair and skulls. Her arms bearing various weapons like trident, chakra, gada, bows n arrow, shield, cleaver etc. She was dancing wantonly collecting blood from skulls around her neck and drinking it. Kushmanda named her Mahakali.  Devi Mahalaxmi was created with a glance from her third eye who appeared seated on lotus and smiling. From her right eye, Devi Mahasaraswati was incarnated. All the lords with the female forms – Brahma and Lakshmi, Vishnu and Shakti, Shiva and Saraswati were created when her perspiration fell on the three goddess she created with her glance – Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali. Goddess Kushmanda then reabsorbed the three Goddess and bestowed Saraswati to Brahma, Shakti to Shiva, and Lakshmi to Vishnu.

Goddess Kushmanda is a destroyer of all sorrows and diseases. She is also a bringer of prosperity and joy. Devoted disciples are known to be blessed with long life, health and better life.


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