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Maa Kushmanda, story, mantra

Maa Kushmanda, Story, Mantra

Maa Kushmanda – The Fourth Aspect of Navadurgas

 Maa Kushmanda is the fourth aspect of Navadurga Goddesses. Devi Maa is worshiped on fourth day during Durga Pooja in Navratri. Mother Goddess create the whole universe in shpae of an egg called “Anda” wth her little & light divine smile, so that Maa Durga is named Kushmanda.
Maa Kushmanda, story, mantra
Kushmananda
The word Kushmanda is made of three other words that are “Ku + Ushma + Amnda= Kushmanda”. Here “Ku” is “Little”, “Ushma” is “Warmth or Energy” & “Anda” is “Egg” , means the one who create the universe as “Little Cosmic Egg” with the energy of Her divine smile is called “Kushmanda”. Goddess Durga is very happy in this incarnation and it is believed that when there is no existence of any creation or universe & there was the eternal darkness, which ended when Maa Kushmanda smiled. So that Maa Kushmanda is known as the creator the whole universe. Maa Kushmanda is also named as “Adi Shakti”. The core of Suraymandala (Sun) is the residence of Devi Maa. She is the only one who has the power & strength to live in the core of Suryaloka (Sun). Her body shines like the glowing Sun. All directions get light from Her Divine smile including the Sun God  itself.  Maa Kushmanda also known as “Ashtabhuja” as she is often depicted as having eight arms. In her seven hands she holds Kamandalu, Bow, Arrow, Lotus, a Jar of Nectar, Discus, and Mace. In her eighth hand she holds a rosary capable of giving eight Siddhis and nine Niddhis. She rides a lion who represents “Dharma”. On worshiping Her ailments and sorrows are eliminated and life span, name, strength and health improved.
The pooja of Devi Kushmanda on the fourth day of Navratri in Durga Pooja having very importance. On this day, Yogis & Sadhaks or other dedicated devotees keep their mind in Anahata Chakra. Kushmanda represents Anahata Chakra in spiritual practice. Kushmanda pooja during Navratri increases one’s health and strength.
On the fourth day Mata Durga is worshipped as her Ma Kushmanda swarup. She is depicted as seated on a lion, and possesses eight arms. She resides in solar systems and represents all knowledge. Seven types of weapons are shown in seven hands and prayer beads in her right hand. She likes the offerings of “Kumhde.” Therefore her name “Kushmanda” has become famous. She is also known as ‘Krishnamanda’ and is believed o have created the universe,so she is called as Adi Swarup. She is also called ‘Astbhuja’. Worship of Ma Kushmanda brings light into darkness and ignorance, gives true knowledge,destroys ego, disease, sorrow, depression, ignorance. “Kumbh Bhand” means to see cosmic vivacity in Pindi shape or knowledge of cosmic intricacies in human race. The abode of Mata Kushmanda is in Bhimaparvat
Om dukha hantraya namah
Kushmanda devi manifests eight arms, holding weapons and a rosary (mala), she is seated on a tiger and her aura is like the sun. Special benediction: This aspect of Devi destroys sorrows of the mind and ego by harmonizing the macro-universe with the inner micro-universe of the individual. This makes available all realms of the external universe to the individual internally through meditation. She is the birthing mother presiding over birth and rebirth. The abode of Kushmanda is in Bhimaparvat. We see streams of dark orange and golden light and golden drops that end in little drops of golden light entering the spinal column. These act like a spiritual surgical knife, destroying negatives and false ego positions. This is a good day to meditate on letting go bad habits/activities, asking forgiveness, being in touch with your true inner reality and position in the universe; your relationship with yourself, the universe, others in it and the Divine.Remind yourself that all power of the self comes through her grace. As the false ego is surrendered – you will get a red blanket of auspicious light covering individuals, homes and place of worship. Offering: Four pears – accept and share with others in the evening; offer candles lamps morning-evening. Mentally offer all fragrant flowers, fruits, gems, clothing.
Read About Maa Kushmanda in Hindi
Kushmaanda
कूष्माण्डा
सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे॥

भगवती दुर्गा के चौथे स्वरूप का नाम कूष्माण्डा है। अपनी मंद हंसी द्वारा अण्ड अर्थात् ब्रह्माण्ड को उत्पन्न करने के कारण इन्हें कूष्माण्डा देवी के नाम से अभिहित किया गया है। जब सृष्टि का अस्तित्व नहीं था। चारों ओर अंधकार ही अंधकार परिव्याप्त था। तब इन्हीं देवी ने अपने ईषत् हास्य से ब्रह्माण्ड की रचना की थी। अत: यही सृष्टि की आदि-स्वरूपा आदि शक्ति हैं। इनके पूर्व ब्रह्माण्ड का अस्तित्व था ही नहीं। इनकी आठ भुजाएं हैं। इनके सात हाथों में क्रमश: कमण्डल, धनुष बाण, कमल-पुष्प, अमृतपूर्ण कलश, चक्र तथा गदा हैं। आठवें हाथ में सभी सिद्धियों और निधियों को देने वाली जपमाला है। इनका वाहन सिंह है। नवरात्रे -पूजन के चौथे दिन कूष्माण्डा देवी के स्वरुप की ही उपासना की जाती है। इस दिन माँ कूष्माण्डा की उपासना से आयु, यश, बल, और स्वास्थ्य में वृद्धि होती है।

ध्यान

वन्दे वांछित कामर्थे चन्द्रार्घकृत शेखराम्।
सिंहरूढा अष्टभुजा कुष्माण्डा यशस्वनीम्॥
भास्वर भानु निभां अनाहत स्थितां चतुर्थ दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।
कमण्डलु चाप, बाण, पदमसुधाकलश चक्र गदा जपवटीधराम्॥
पटाम्बर परिधानां कमनीया कृदुहगस्या नानालंकार भूषिताम्।
मंजीर हार केयूर किंकिण रत्‍‌नकुण्डल मण्डिताम्।
प्रफुल्ल वदनां नारू चिकुकां कांत कपोलां तुंग कूचाम्।
कोलांगी स्मेरमुखीं क्षीणकटि निम्ननाभि नितम्बनीम् ॥

स्तोत्र

दुर्गतिनाशिनी त्वंहि दारिद्रादि विनाशिनीम्।
जयंदा धनदां कूष्माण्डे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
जगन्माता जगतकत्री जगदाधार रूपणीम्।
चराचरेश्वरी कूष्माण्डे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
त्रैलोक्यसुंदरी त्वंहि दु:ख शोक निवारिणाम्।
परमानंदमयी कूष्माण्डे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥

कवच

हसरै मे शिर: पातु कूष्माण्डे भवनाशिनीम्।
हसलकरीं नेत्रथ, हसरौश्च ललाटकम्॥
कौमारी पातु सर्वगात्रे वाराही उत्तरे तथा।
पूर्वे पातु वैष्णवी इन्द्राणी दक्षिणे मम।
दिग्दिध सर्वत्रैव कूं बीजं सर्वदावतु॥

Maa Kushmanda, Story, Mantra

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