Navratri 2020 Day 4, March 28: On the fourth day of the Navratri, Devi Kushmanda is worshipped. It is believed that Goddess Durga took the form of Goddess Kushmanda on the fourth day of the Navratri and created the universe. Devi Kushmanda is known as the creator and her name is believed to signify the same – Ku stands for a little, Ushma means warmth and Anda means cosmic egg. Also Read - Temple Puts a Mask on Idol of Goddess Durga, Priest Distributes Masks as 'Prasad' During 'Navratri'
According to the believers of Hindu mythology, when Goddess Parvati began to live inside the center of the Sun, she started to radiate a distinct kind of energy to the universe and that’s how she was called Goddess Kushmanda. This form of the Goddess has been imagined sitting on a lioness and has eight hands. In one hand, she holds a Kamndal, a Dhanush lies in another hand, Bada and Kamal (flower) in the right hands and Amrit Kalas, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in the left hands. The goddess is also known as the ‘Ashtabhuja Devi’ because she has eight hands. Also Read - Covid Impact: In This UP Temple, Goddess Durga Wears a Face Mask & Priests Offer Masks as ‘Prasad’
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Om Devi Kushmandaye Namah
Ya Devi Sarvbhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupain Sansthita
Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namoh Namah
Navratri 2020 Day 4 Puja Vidhi:
Goddess Kushmanda likes red flower and that’s the reason, devotees usually offer a red hibiscus to the Goddess. However, you are unable to find one, you can use a red rose as well. The devotees take a bath early morning and prepare their Puja Thaal that includes a flower, jal, roli, sweets, a red dupatta and a white pumpkin which is actually refined and processed to make petha or ash gourd. If you are unable to find the actual vegetable – the white pumpkin or the winter melon, you can also use the processed petha or the ash gourd to offer to the Goddess and then distribute among selves as Prasad.