Goddess Kushmanda – Fourth Day of NavratriDate : | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
The origin of fourth goddess Kushmanda Day 4
On this earth, devotees have been regularly blessed by the divine energy since time immemorial. Be it the order of creation, the evolution of living creates, fighting with the evil forces or the establishment of humanity and religion on earth, nothing is possible without the grace of the cosmic goddess. Even though in this materialistic world, we have gone miles away from the core spiritual values and have started forgetting god or divine powers, the cosmic goddess always wishes good for all the beings of the creation. The fourth divine form of goddess Adishakti is famous in this world in the name of “Kooshmaandaa”. She is the creator of this world. Not only this, she is the embodiment of divine light. She not only illuminates the world through her light but also empowers the planets, solar system etc. to sparkle with her cosmic light. She is the ultimate energy who is behind the creation of the world. It is said that she is the origin of various types of heat, she also holds this universe in her womb. Thus she is also known as “Jagat-Janani” or “Adi-shakti”. She is the ever compassionate towards every being of the world. The manifestation of Sri Kushmanda is believed to be on the fourth day of the Navaratri. She has a divine form which is beyond words, she has eight arms. For the welfare of the living beings, she holds in her right hands, kamandalu, bow, arrow, and lotus flower. In the left hands she holds, a pot of nectar, rosary, gadaa, and chakra respectively. She is seated on a giant lion and she is emitting brilliant light which illuminated all the directions. The light and aura of all the living and non-living beings are only because of her energy. With the blessings of the mother, devotees can overcome diseases, fear, sorrows, and obstacles. Further, they are always protected by the known and unknown enemies by the goddess. Ashwin Navaratri Durga Puja, a golden opportunity for Durga devotees. Register today and get your free gift.
Protocol for Devi Kushmanda Poojan
The fourth divine form of Goddess Durga is known as Kushmanda. Her worship (poojan) is especially done on the fourth day of Navaratri. Hence, devotees should perform the pooja this day with keeping in mind, the physical and mental purity. As per the customs, one must start the pooja by worshiping Lord Ganesha and other related devi-devatas. After this, one must perform the main pooja to goddess Kushmanda by using shodashopachara. After offering all the pooja material to the divine mother, one must ask for forgiveness for any errors during the pooja and dedicate whole pooja to the goddess. This will certainly help the devotees to attract the blessings of the divine mother which will fulfill all the desires of the devotees.
Mythological tale of Goddess Kushmanda
The fourth form of the goddess is related to the manifestation of the universe, she holds the universe in the divine (cosmic) womb. In the beginning of the universe, there was no existence of life or any major activities. But the divine form of Kushmanda was very effulgent as that of the several Suns. From the divine light of the goddess, the whole of the universe got illuminated as if an egg is formed into the flower. Due to the bright smile of the goddess, the universe was filled with joy and creativity. Thus her name was known as “Kooshmaandaa”. The creator of the worlds, Maa Kushmanda always illuminates the universe with her light. She always witnesses the good and bad karmas done by the beings of various worlds. She then arranges a system for the fruits of one’s deed based on his karmas by her divine powers. Not only this, she also dispels the darkness (ignorance) from the lives of the beings with her divine light (knowledge). She is the knowledge of wisdom. She is not only the mother of the universe, but also the goddess of wisdom, wealth, intellect, light, and strength and is very auspicious and compassionate. Ashwin Navaratri, a golden opportunity for Durga devotees. Register today and get your free gift.
Note: This story is mentioned in Sri Durga Saptashati.
Mantra of Kushmanda
Mother Kushmanda’s mantras could be found in a variety of Hindu scriptures. There are many hymns of the divine goddess in the Durga Saptashati. To obtain the blessings and grace of the divine goddess, one should chant the below-mentioned mantra with sincerity. They are blessed with the fulfillment of desires and prosperity. Their lives become blessed and successful. One of the important mantras of Devi Kushmanda is given below,
त्वयैतद्धार्यते विश्वं त्वयैतत्सृज्यते जगत् ।
त्वयैतत्पाल्यते देवि त्वमत्स्यन्ते च सर्वदा ।।
Tvayaitad – Dhaaryate Vishvam Tvayaitat Srjyate Jagat |
Tvayaitat Paalyate Devi! Tvamatsy-Ante Cha Sarvadaa ||
The majesty of Goddess Kushmanda
Sri Kushmanda is praised at various places of Sri Durga Saptashati. Sages have sung the glory of divine form of the goddess again and again. She is the divine vision of whole creation. Due to her energy and blessings, living beings perceive light and are able to get the vision. She is also an embodiment of wisdom. Hence, scriptures have given more importance to her worship. Without the grace of mother Kushmanda, living beings cannot perceive light. Also, it is not possible to obtain foresight without her grace. So, it is of utmost importance to worship this divine form of the goddess on the fourth Navaratri Nav Durga Pujan. For the devotees or sadhakas, it is important that they make use of this sacred occasion and worship Sri Kushmanda with faith and devotion to get their desired fulfill. She is the great goddess who is holding the whole creation in her divine womb. She is the giver of boons to her devotees, at the same time she is always willing for the welfare of every living being.