Maa Kushmanda is the fourth form of Maa Durga: Significance of worshiping her
Maa Kushmanda is the fourth form of the Goddess Durga and She is worshiped on the fourth day of the festival of Navratri (nine nights of Navadurga) and as the consort of Shiva. Her name has the meaning and that signifies her main role: Ku means “a little”, Ushma means “warmth” or “energy” and Anda means “cosmic egg”.
Maa Kushmanda is also glorified by the ten different aspects of the power of Shakti known as Dasa Mahavidyas. She is believed to improve health and bestow wealth as well as strength. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu was able to create the universe when Maa Kushmanda smiled like a flower which blossomed like a bud and when there was eternal darkness all around she created the universe, she is called Adiswarup and Adishakti and she nurtures the entire world with her divine and gentle smile that revered her with name ‘Kushmanda’.
Maa Kushmanda has eight 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.
Chant the following mantra to worship Maa Kushmanda:-
सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च ।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे ॥
Dedicated Devotees and Yogis of Maa Kushmanda dedicate their mind to represents Anahata Chakra in spiritual practice. The divine blessings of Maa Kushmanda help you increase your health and strength and the person gets freedom from all kinds of fears. Maa Kushmanda removes all the hurdles and troubles from your life and enables you to get rid of all sorts’ sorrows in life. Maa brings light into darkness and establishes harmony in one’s life.