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Kushmanda - NavaDurga for the fourth night of Navratri
Kushmanda – NavaDurga for the fourth evening of Navratri

Tuesday, October 1st is the fourth evening of Navratri 2019,  Navratri is nine nights celebrating the numerous types of the goddess which Durga has taken. That is why the goddesses are identified as NavaDurga (Nine Durgas).  Each and every goddess has specific elements or qualities which we can embrace.  The females in Maharashtra and Gujarat states normally put on saris (classic Indian dresses) to match the auspicious colour for that evening. There is also a planetary association with each and every of the nine goddesses. One particular of the nava graha (nine planets) in Jyotish is for each and every NavDurga. According to Drik panchang, the auspicious sari colour is red.  On this day, the ruling planet is Sun (Surya).

Lakshmi photo courtesy @JenniferMazzucco

The fourth evening of Navratri marks the 1st of the three nights committed to the worship of Shri Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, beauty and fortune.  On this evening, NavaDurga we worship is the goddess Kushmanda (the creator of the universe).

KUSHMANDA DEVI

The name Kushmanda is comprised of 3 syllables: ‘Ku’ (tiny), ‘Ushma’ (warmth or power) and ‘Amnda’ (egg). This translates as “the one particular who developed the universe as the “Little Cosmic Egg” with power and warmth.” The Hindu scriptures state the universe was initially a dark location. Then, Kushmanda Devi developed the cosmic egg with her smile.

The phase of the Moon in Vedic astrology is Chaturthi. In India, October 1st is the third evening of Navratri 2019. Even so, the phase of the Moon alterations from Tritya (3rd) to Chaturthi (4th) about four PM locally.  Hence, residents of India should really worship Kushmanda in the evening. See Drik Panchang and set your city in India as your default place.

ATTRIBUTES OF KUSHMANDA DEVI

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Shri Vivek Godbole says this about Kushmanda:  She is like a fruit which resembles a white pumpkin or dudhi (squash in Gujarati). If you consume the Kushamanda (referred to as khoda in Hindi) fruit, then you will have a lot of power.  If you consume the Kushamanda (khoda in Hindi) fruit, you will have a lot of power. That power is like a warrior’s power. Folks consume meat to get power. This is not sattvic it is rajasic.  Goddess Kushmanda offers you with a lot of strength and she provides you rajaya Lakshmi.  This is political strength. Also, if you have been beneath the influence of any sort of black magic or evil eye, she can get rid of these challenges if you pray to her.

Drik panchang additional elucidates on this goddess: Kushmanda is the Goddess who has the energy and capability to reside inside the Sun. The glow and radiance of her physique is as luminous as that of the Sun. Goddess Kushmanda offers path and power to the Sun.  Goddess Kushmanda has eight hands and mainly because of that she is also identified as Ashtabhuja Devi (the goddess with eight arms).  All the energy to bestow Siddhis and Niddhis (spiritual prowess and wealth) are situated in her japa mala (rosary beads).  It is stated that she developed the entire universe, which is referred to as Brahmanda (ब्रह्माण्ड) in Sanskrit, by just flashing tiny bit of her smile.

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provides the story of Kushmanda Devi: Lord Vishnu was in a position to commence making the universe when Maa Kushmanda smiled like a flower which blossomed with a bud. She developed the planet from practically nothing, at the time when there was eternal darkness. This swarup (type) of Maa Durga is the supply of all. Due to the fact she developed the universe, she is referred to as Adiswarup and Adishakti.

She holds a kamandul (a water pot), a bow, an arrow, a pot of nectar (amrita), a discus, a mace, a mala, and a lotus.  She has a radiant face and golden physique complexion. Maa resides in the core of the Sun and hence controls Surya Loka (the realm of the Sun).  Maa Kushmanda represents the anahata chakra (heart chakra) in spiritual practice. The divine blessings of Maa Kushmanda assist you enhance your well being, fame, wealth, fortitude, and wealth. She removes all hurdles and troubles from your life and enables you to get rid of all sorts of sorrows in life. Maa brings light into darkness and establishes harmony in your life.

MANTRA FOR KUSHMANDA

Devotees can worship Kushmanda Devi on the fourth evening of Navratri by fasting or they can give the Indian sweet Malpua as prasad.  She is also stated to be pleased when you give her pumpkins as prasad.

Chant the following mantra to worship Maa Kushmanda:

सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च ।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे ॥

Surāsampūrṇakalaśaṁ rudhirāplutamēva cha |
Dadhānā hastapadmābhyāṁ kūṣmāṇḍā śubhadāstu mē ||

Could Kushmanda Devi bless you on this fourth evening of Navratri 2019!

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