Today marks the fourth day of Navratri, dedicated to worshipping Maa Kushmanda, the fourth form of Maa Durga. Discover the puja rituals and offerings believed to bring happiness and relief from suffering. According to Hindu mythology, the universe emanated from the gentle smile of Maa Kushmanda, inspiring her name.
Maa Kushmanda and the Creation of the Universe
She is revered as the deity residing in the Sun’s circle, possessing the strength to endure its blazing heat while riding a lion and displaying eight arms holding various sacred items. Devotees believe that adorning oneself in green or light blue attire is auspicious during worship, accompanied by offering Malpua, pudding, and kheer.
Initiating Worship for Maa Kushmanda on Navratri
To commence the worship, rise early, cleanse oneself, and prepare a neat prayer area. Lay a yellow, green, or red cloth, placing an image of Maa Kushmanda. Offer fruits, flowers, sweets, incense, lamp, naivedya, and perform aarti.
Conclude by seeking forgiveness for any inadvertent errors and distributing Prasad to all, chanting the mantra: “Namastesayee Namastesayee Namastesayee Namo Namah,” venerating Goddess Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda.