Devi Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of Hindu festival Navratri. According to 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. Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival, celebrated by many devotees all across India to honour feminine power. This year, Navratri days have started from October 10 and will end on October 18 with Ram Navami. On these pious nine days of the festival, nine manifestations of Goddess Durga is worshipped. One of them is Devi Kushmanda.Also Read - Ramlila: With Covid Protocols in Focus, Noida Begins Preparations | Check Guidelines Here
The name Kushmanda 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. Thus, Maa Kushmanda is true symbolism of divine spark. Also Read - Temple Puts a Mask on Idol of Goddess Durga, Priest Distributes Masks as 'Prasad' During 'Navratri'
Devi Kushmanda 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 resides in the core of the Sun and thus controls the Surya Lok. Also Read - Covid Impact: In This UP Temple, Goddess Durga Wears a Face Mask & Priests Offer Masks as ‘Prasad’
Navratri colour of the day
The fourth day of Navratri’s colour is Orange. It is dedicated to Goddess Khushmanda and she represents brightness, happiness, energy, creativity and enthusiasm and seeking blessings from Maa Kushmanda.
Pray to Goddess Kushmanda with all your heart but make sure you take flowers in your hands and bow down before the Goddess before starting your puja. Then offer flowers, coconut, fruit, milk, sindoor, and dhoop to the idol. Next is to adorn the Goddess with jewellery and other pious things.