On the fourth day of Navratri puja, the devotees worship Goddess Kushmanda who is the one form of the nine incarnations of goddess Durga. The other famous names of Kushmanda Maa are “Adishakti”, “Adiswarup” and “Ashtabhuja Devi or Ashtabhujadhari Devi” goddess around the world. According to Hindu mythology, it is said, that when lord Vishnu was starting to create the universe goddess Kushmanda smiled and move forward thus the whole universe come into existence. There was perpetual darkness all around and no existence of anything then she created the whole universe with her divine smile. Fourth day of navratri puja is performed like another days, where Kalash and lord ganesha is worshipped after that Kushmanda devi is worshipped by the devotees. After worshipping Kushmanda, devotees should worship lord Shiva and Brahma on the fourth day.
|NAVRATRI DAY 4 INFOMRATION|
|NAVRATRI DAY 4 DATE||16 April, 2021|
|FOURTH DAY GODDESS||Maa Kushmanda|
|OTHER NAMES||Ashtabhuja Devi, Smaanda Devi, Adishakti, Adiswarup|
|WEAPON||Gada, Chakra, Dhanush, Kamandalu, Bada, Lotus, Amrit Kalash (pot of nectar), Japa Mala (prayer beads)|
|NAVDURGA - AVATAR||Fourth Incarnation of Goddess Durga|
|MANTRA||ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नमः॥ - Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah॥|
She has the radiant and bright face while body has golden complexion. She rides the lion. She has eight hands, in which, she holds the weapons and blessed the devotees. In the right four hands, she holds Kamandalu, Dhanush (Bow), Arrow and Lotus while in left four hands, she holds a jar of nectar (Amrit), Rosary (Japmala), Gada and Chakra. Through holding the rosary in her hand, she blesses the devotees with Ashtasiddhis (Wisdom) and Navniddhis (Wealth). She controls the Surya Loka so it is believed that she provides the energy to Sun.
Goddess Kushmanda listens to everyone’s wishes and full-fill all the wishes of the devotees. The devotees who worship Maa Kushmanda with huge devotion and follow all the rituals, she blesses them with health, wealth and deep peace. She removes all the troubles and sorrow from the devotee life. There is one advice to all the devotees that they should perform Gooddes Kushmanda puja with calmness, purity and full dedication. Worshipping with contaminated heart or mind can make the goddess angry.
During this year in 2021, the fourth day of Navratri festival will be on 16th April. Kushmanda Devi is the creator of the universe. The meaning of Kushmanda is, Ku+ushma+anda i.e. “the cosmic egg”. The first word “Ku” means “Little”, second word “Ushama” means “Warmth” and final third word “anda” means “Eggs”. She created the whole universe like a little cosmic eggs.
In Sanskrit language, “Kushmand” means Pumpkin so many people sacrifice the pumpkin to goddess. This is another reason, she is known with the name “Kushmanda Maa”.
During the time of nine days of navratri, devotees chant different mantras or shlokas according to particular days/goddess worship. People should chant below listed mantras, stutis and shlokas to please fourth day of navratri’s goddess Kushmanda Maa.
सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च । दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे॥
Surasampurnakalasham Rudhiraplutmeva Cha, Dadhana Hastpadhyabhayam Kushmanda Shubhdastu Me.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कूष्माण्डा रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
Yaa Devi Sarvbhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samsthita। Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
वन्दे वाञ्छित कामार्थे चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। सिंहरूढ़ा अष्टभुजा कूष्माण्डा यशस्विनीम्॥ भास्वर भानु निभाम् अनाहत स्थिताम् चतुर्थ दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्। कमण्डलु, चाप, बाण, पद्म, सुधाकलश, चक्र, गदा, जपवटीधराम्॥ पटाम्बर परिधानां कमनीयां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्। मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल, मण्डिताम्॥ प्रफुल्ल वदनांचारू चिबुकां कान्त कपोलाम् तुगम् कुचाम्। कोमलाङ्गी स्मेरमुखी श्रीकंटि निम्ननाभि नितम्बनीम्॥
Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam। Simharudha Ashtabhuja Kushmanda Yashasvinim॥ Bhaswara Bhanu Nibham Anahata Sthitam Chaturtha Durga Trinetram। Kamandalu, Chapa, Bana, Padma, Sudhakalasha, Chakra, Gada, Japawatidharam॥ Patambara Paridhanam Kamaniyam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam। Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala, Manditam॥