Goddess Kushmanda, the fourth incarnation of Goddess Durga is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. It is believed that this form of Adishakti created the universe with her charming smile. Many pujas, shlokas and Vedic rituals are performed to invoke this Goddess Kushmanda. It is said that her complexion shines with the golden tinch emanating from her personality. Worshipping Mata Kushmanda is believed to bring spiritual fulfilment and harmony to the lives of all the devotees. Her name refers to her importance in the world, Kush (small), Usma (energy or heat) and Anda (cosmic egg), so basically it means that she created the whole universe in the form of a cosmic egg by her divine smile. Mata Kushmanda is also known as Samanda Devi, Adi Shakti and Ashtabhuja Devi.
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Let’s get to know more about Mata Kushmanda.
Form of Goddess Kushmanda
Mata Kushmanda has eight hands, therefore, she is also known as Ashtabhuja. She holds a wheel, an arrow, a bow, a sword, a mace, a lotus and a bundle of honey in her seven hands. She rides a lion (denoting dharma) and has a shining aura like the sun which is uniform in all directions and provides light. The Goddess holds a rosary in her eighth hand which blesses the devotees with ‘Ashta Siddhi’ (eight types of wisdom) and Navaniddhi (eight types of wealth). It is believed that Mata Kushmanda improves health and bestows wealth and power to her devotees. Therefore, she is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri, where devotees worship her with utmost dedication to improving their health and strength. Maa Kushmanda is often referred to as the first-ever of the entire universe and the only creator of the universe.
Importance of Mata Kushmanda
Lord Vishnu created the entire universe with the help of Goddess Kushmanda. When there was no existence of any creature and only darkness in every direction, Mata Kushmanda created the universe in the form of an egg with her beautiful and divine smile. Her divine smile blossomed to illuminate the entire universe like the sun’s rays in all directions. Since she created the universe in the form of an egg, she is often referred to as Adi Shakti. It is believed that she provides light and direction to Surya Dev (Sun God) with her radiance and hence she resides in the centre of the sun. Her body is golden in colour and her face is very shiny. She removes all the troubles and sorrows from the life of her devotees and bestows them with strength and prosperity.
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Astrological Significance of Mata Kushmanda
Mata Kushmanda rides on a lioness and has eight hands. In her right hand, she holds a sword, bow, arrow and lotus and in her left hand, she holds nectar Kalash, Japa mala, mace and chakra. The positive effects of Jupiter can be increased by worshipping Maa Kushmanda, the fourth form of Adi Devi Durga. If you worship Mata Kushmanda during Navratri then the planet Jupiter becomes strong. Worship of Goddess Kushmanda can be more beneficial for people belonging to the following areas and professions:- It can be more beneficial for top politicians and people in regulatory positions, chairpersons of committees, contract workers, agents, financial investors, etc.
The remedies of Maa Kushmanda can bestow you with a great capacity for detail, positive thinking, confidence, cleverness, optimism and decision making. If you are going through any problem related to marriage, job, money or children in your life, then you are possibly going through the affliction of Jupiter. Therefore, you should get a Guru Puja done in a Vedic manner. This worship will be helpful in removing all the troubles in your life.
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Mata Kushmanda Worship Method
Kushmanda Devi is invoked with Kushma Devi Puja Mantra. Kushmanda Puja begins with worshipping the Kalash and inviting other deities and their families. Several Stotra paths, Kavach and Aartis are performed during the worship of Kushmanda Devi. Devotees hold flowers in their hands to offer to the goddess. This offering is called Naivedya or Naibidhya. Curd, milk and pudding are distributed among the devotees as prasad. According to the scriptures and Puranas, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma must be worshipped after Kushmanda Puja. Kushmanda puja performed with incense, lamp and naivedya is considered highly auspicious.
According to Vedic beliefs, Maa Kushmanda is related to the Anahata Chakra, which means that yogis, seekers and devotees worship Mata Kushmanda with a lot of devotion and purity of mind to enter the Anahata Chakra with a pure conscience. They get their desired result by the grace of Mata Kushmanda. She also removes all sorrows from the lives of her devotees and blesses them with good health and prosperity. While offering Bhog to Mata Kushmanda, the devotees should definitely use pumpkin in it since it’s the favourite vegetable of Mata Kushmanda.
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Chant this mantra while worshipping Maa Kushmanda
|| Surasampurnakalasham Rudhiraplutmeva Ch ||
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