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Kushmanda Puja

Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth form of the Goddess Durgaand is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. Ku means little, Ushma means energy and Anda means cosmic egg. Here the whole universe is represented as a cosmic egg and the Devi is believed to end the darkness with her divine smile.

Kushmanda

Origin

Goddess Parvati is believed to stay and reside in the center of the sun and liberate energy to the universe and hence took the avatar of Goddess Kushmanda. It is said that she is as radiant as the sun and possesses healing powers. She can be seen riding a lioness and has eight hands. She has Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal in the right hands and AmritKalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in the left hands in that order.

Auspicious Time

This puja is performed on the 4th day of Navratri. The tithi is Chaturthitithi.

Puja Vidhi

Atma Pooja

Puja done for self-purification

Tilak and Aachman

Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.

Sankalpa

Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.

Aavahana and Aasan

Offer flowers

Paadhya

Offer water to the Devi’s charan.

Aachman

Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.

Dugdha Snan

Offer cow milk for bathing

Ghrita and Madhusnan

Offer ghee and honey for bathing

Sharkara and Panchamritsnan

Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.

Vastra

Offer sari or cloth to wear.

Chandan

Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.

Kumkum, Kajal, Druvapatra and Bilwapatra

Dhoopa and Deepam

Prasad

Aarti & Mantra

Maa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri

Om Devi KushmandayaiNamah॥

SurasampurnaKalashamRudhiraplutameva Cha।
DadhanaHastapadmabhyamKushmandaShubhadastu Me॥

Ya Devi SarvabhuteshuMaaKushmandaRupenaSamsthita।
NamastasyaiNamastasyaiNamastasyaiNamoNamah॥

VandeVanchhitaKamartheChandrardhakritashekharam।
SimharudhaAshtabhujaKushmandaYashasvinim॥
BhaswaraBhanuNibhamAnahataSthitamChaturthaDurgaTrinetram।
Kamandalu, Chapa, Bana, Padma, Sudhakalasha, Chakra, Gada, Japawatidharam॥
PatambaraParidhanamKamaniyamMriduhasyaNanalankaraBhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala, Manditam॥
PraphullaVadanamcharuChibukamKantaKapolamTugamKucham।
KomalangiSmeramukhiShrikantiNimnabhiNitambanim॥

DurgatinashiniTvamhiDaridradiVinashanim।
JayamdaDhanadaKushmandePranamamyaham॥
JagatamataJagatakatriJagadadharaRupanim।
CharachareshwariKushmandePranamamyaham॥
TrailokyasundariTvamhiDuhkhaShokaNivarinim।
Paramanandamayi, KushmandePranamamyaham॥
Hamsarai Mein ShiraPatuKushmandeBhavanashinim।
HasalakarimNetrecha, HasaraushchaLalatakam॥
KaumariPatuSarvagatre, VarahiUttareTatha,
PurvePatuVaishnaviIndraniDakshine Mama।
DigvidikshuSarvatrevaKumBijamSarvadavatu॥

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