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.
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.
This puja is performed on the 4th day of Navratri. The tithi is Chaturthitithi.
Puja done for self-purification
Tilak and Aachman
Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.
Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.
Aavahana and Aasan
Offer water to the Devi’s charan.
Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.
Offer cow milk for bathing
Ghrita and Madhusnan
Offer ghee and honey for bathing
Sharkara and Panchamritsnan
Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.
Offer sari or cloth to wear.
Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.
Kumkum, Kajal, Druvapatra and Bilwapatra
Dhoopa and Deepam
Aarti & MantraMaa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri
Om Devi KushmandayaiNamah॥
Ya Devi SarvabhuteshuMaaKushmandaRupenaSamsthita।
Kamandalu, Chapa, Bana, Padma, Sudhakalasha, Chakra, Gada, Japawatidharam॥
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala, Manditam॥
Hamsarai Mein ShiraPatuKushmandeBhavanashinim।