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Story Of Maa Kushmanda - Navratri Day 4

Welcome to an intriguing tale of valor and divinity as we embark on the wondrous journey of Maa Kushmanda - the divine deity worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. The story of Maa Kushmanda encompasses her extraordinary strength, her cosmic prowess, and her significant role in the Hindu mythological universe, captivating hearts and inspiring devotees around the globe.

Prepare to be enchanted by the enchanting narrative of Maa Kushmanda, the radiant Goddess who radiates energy and illuminates all aspects of existence.

Maa Kushmanda
Maa Kushmanda


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Story of Kushmanda Mata

Maa Kushmanda is the Goddess form of Durga that is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri celebrated in India. Maa Kushmanda is also known as the smiling Goddess. "Her name translates into three small words 'Ku' means 'little'. 'Ushma' means small and smiling and 'Anda' means egg which translates into a small cosmic egg."

It is believed that in reality, Maa Kushmanda was created this universe. In the beginning, when there was nothing, there was only darkness. Then Maa Kushmanda using her energy produced a small cosmic egg, which is the universe where we live. It is believed that Maa Kushmanda resides in the core of the center of the sun, and she gives direction to the sun.

There is a belief in Hinduism that Maa Kushmanda gives all universe warmth and energy. At the beginning of time, there was nothing then she created 3 life forms from her left eye. Maa Kushmanda created a fierce Goddess called Maa Mahakali. From her right eye created a benevolent and smiling Goddess, Maa Mahasaraswati.

Then she started glancing at these 3 life forms. These three life forms, Mahalaxmi, Mahakali, and Mahasaraswati were the first three life forms of the earth.

Maa Kushmanda Glanced at Mahakali:

From Mahakali, a male and female were born. The male had 5 heads and 10 arms. She named him Shiva. The female has one head and 4 arms - she named her Saraswati.


Maa Kushmanda Glanced at Mahalakshmi:

From Maa Mahalakshmi, a male and a female were born. The male had 4 heads and 4 arms, she named him Brahma. The female has 1 head and 4 arms, she named her Lakshmi.


Maa Kushmanda Glanced at Mahasaraswati:

From Mahasaraswati too emerged a male and a female. The male had 1 head and 4 arms, she named him Vishnu. And the female had 1 head and 4 arms, she named her Shakti.


Avatar of Maa Kushmanda

Then Maa Kushmanda presented Shakti to Shiva, Saraswati to Brahma, and Lakshmi to Vishnu as their consorts. It is believed that these 3 went on to create the rest of the universe. Then Maa Kushmanda absorbed the three back into herself. She absorbed Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi all back into her. It is believed that she became one with Shakti as an orb of energy, like an orb of form.

On the fourth day of Navratri, we pray to Maa Kushmanda that removes all obstacles from the lives of her devotees. Maa Kushmanda has eight arms, and in these eight arms, she carries a kamandal, a bow, an arrow, a pot of nectar, a lotus, a rosary, a disc, and a mace. She rides a lion and because of which her devotees are fearless like her.


Final Thoughts

The story of Maa Kushmanda highlights the immense power and benevolence possessed by the Goddess during the auspicious festival of Navratri. As the fourth form of Goddess Durga, she symbolizes cosmic energy and spreads positivity and happiness among her devotees.

Through her radiant smile and ability to create and sustain life, Maa Kushmanda reminds us of the strength and optimism that can be derived from worshipping divine feminine energy.

As we reflect on her story and the significance of Navratri, let us embrace her blessings and strive to bring joy and light to our own lives and those around us.


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