Mangaluru: On the fourth day of Navratri, devotees honor Maa Kushmanda, a deity with immense significance in Hindu mythology. For those partaking in the celebrations, understanding the essence of Maa Kushmanda is vital. Here’s a glimpse into the importance, rituals, auspicious timings, required items, and more for the fourth day of Shardiya Navratri.
Maa Kushmanda’s name holds profound meaning. ‘Ku’ symbolizes ‘little,’ ‘Ushma’ represents ‘warmth,’ and ‘Anda’ denotes a ‘cosmic egg.’ According to Hindu legend, a mere glimmer of Maa Kushmanda’s smile gave birth to the entire universe. Also referred to as Ashtabhuja Devi due to her eight hands, she possesses the unique ability to reside within the Sun. Her body emits a radiant glow akin to the Sun, guiding and energizing the Sun God. Consequently, Goddess Kushmanda governs the Sun God.
The color associated with the fourth day of this festival is blue, symbolizing prosperity and tranquility. Devotees are encouraged to offer red flowers during the puja, as they are favored by Goddess Kushmanda. Additionally, adornment items such as sindoor (vermilion), kajal (kohl), bangles, bindi (forehead decoration), toe rings, comb, mirror, and anklets should be presented during the worship. As a special offering, devotees are advised to prepare a bhog consisting of malpua (sweet pancakes), halwa (sweet dessert), and curd.