Navratri Fourth Day 2023
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.
About Kushmanda Maa
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 2022, the fourth day of Navratri festival will be on 29th September. 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”.
|NAVRATRI DAY 4 INFORMATION|
|NAVRATRI DAY 4 DATE||18 October, 2023|
|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॥|