Navratri 2022 Day 4: Worship Maa Kushmanda


New Delhi: Maa Kushmanda is worshiped on the fourth day of Shardiya Navratri. She is known as Kushmanda because of her soft laughter that created the universe. The vehicle of the Goddess is a lion. Due to the eight arms of Maa Kushmanda, she is also called as Ashtabhuja.

In her seven arms she holds Kamandal, bow, arrow, lotus, urn filled with nectar, a wheel and a mace. There’s a rosary for chanting in the eighth arm. It is said that in this rosary of chanting there is a collection of all siddhis. Maa Kushmanda likes red colored flowers. Their abode is within the solar system. It is said that only she has the ability to reside in Surya Lok and she gives direction and energy to the Sun God.

On the fourth day of Navratri, Maa Kushmanda is worshipped with red colour flowers. It is believed that the God Sun is governed by Maa Kushmanda as she provides energy and direction to him. Maa Kushmanda is also believed to live inside the sun as her glow ad radiance is as bright and luminous as that of the sun. On the fourth day, devotees offer their puja to Maa Kushmanda to seek her blessings for their family. The goddess bestows good wealth, health and strength to her devotees.

The colour of the fourth day of the festival is yellow, signifying joy and happiness.

Devotees believe that Maa Kushmanda loves red flowers, hence it is offered to the goddess. Shringaar samagri such as sindoor, kajal, bangles, bindi, toe ring, comb, mirror, anklets are also offered. A special bhog comprising of malpua, halwa and curd is made for Maa Kushmanda.

Maa Kushmanda Mantra, Prarthana and Stotra:

1. Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah॥

2. Surasampurna Kalasham Rudhiraplutameva Cha।

Dadhana Hastapadmabhyam Kushmanda Shubhadastu Me॥

3. Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samsthita।

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

4. Durgatinashini Tvamhi Daridradi Vinashanim।

Jayamda Dhanada Kushmande Pranamamyaham॥

Jagatamata Jagatakatri Jagadadhara Rupanim।

Charachareshwari Kushmande Pranamamyaham॥

Trailokyasundari Tvamhi Duhkha Shoka Nivarinim।

Paramanandamayi, Kushmande Pranamamyaham ॥


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