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Who Is Maa Kushmanda


As the entire nation including Prime Minister Narendra Modi observing Navratri , many people do not know whom the devotes worship on the fourth day of the festival.

It is Maa Kushmanda, who is worshiped on the 4th day of the Navratri while Maa Sailasuta, Maa Brahmacharini and Maa Chandraghanta are offered puja on the first, second and third day of the festival respectively.  

Maa Kushmanda is not the angry form of Maa Durga. She is credited with creating the world with her divine smile.

Her nomenclature indicates that name signals her main role: Ku means "a little", Ushma means "warmth" or "energy" and Anda means "cosmic egg".

According to Puranas, Maa Kushmanda is believed to improve health and bestow wealth and strength.

The Goddess Kushmanda has eight hands and called Ashtabhuja Devi.

It is said that all the power to bestow Siddhis and Niddhis are located in her “Jap Mala”.

Puranas say Maa Kushmanda created the whole universe, which is called Brahmanda by just flashing little bit of her smile.

She is also offered sacrifice called Bali of white pumpkin known as Maa Kushmanda.
Maa Kushmanda’s picture show the Goddess has eight to ten hands holding a trident, discus, sword, hook, mace, bow, arrow and two jars of honey and blood.
Her one hand is always on “abhayamudra” from which she blesses all her devotees. She rides on a tiger.
The birth of the universe occurred because of the silent smile of Goddess Kushmanda.
The Goddess is credited with one who produced the Cosmic egg.
She gave light and life to the entire universe with her silent smile. The earth, planets, sun, stars and the galaxies were all brought into being.
To sustain life, the world needed the Sun God. So, the Goddess centred herself in between the sun and she became the cause of the energy and light necessary for life.
The sun gives life to the world and Goddess Kushmanda herself is the power of the sun and is the source of all energy when she resides within the core of the Sun God.
It was to create a balance in the universe and provide life to all living beings from the sun rays, her power gives the sun its capability to give life to everyone, as she herself is Shakti.
It is Maa Kushmanda’s power that makes Sun capable. 
 


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