Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth form of Durga and is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri festival. She likes Bali of white pumpkin known as Kushmanda in Sanskrit.
Maa Kushmanda is believed to be a form of Shakti and is considered the creator of the universe, which is called Brahmanda (ब्रह्माण्ड) in Sanskrit, by just flashing a little bit of her smile. Maa Kushmanda is also called “Adi Shakti” as she is the creator of the universe.
Devi Kushmanda resides at the core of Suraymandala (Sun). She is the only one who has the power and strength to live in the core of Suryaloka (Sun). The glow and radiance of her body is like the glowing Sun. All directions get light from her divine smile including the Sun God itself.
Maa Kushmanda is also known as “Ashtabhuja” as she is often depicted as having eight arms. In her seven hands, she holds Kamandalu (water pot), a bow, arrow, lotus, a jar of nectar, discus (wheel, chakra), and mace. In her eighth hand, she holds a rosary capable of giving eight Siddhis and nine Niddhis.
If we take shelter at the feet of the Goddess with a clean heart, it will pave the way to get blessings from her. Mere worship of Maa Kushmanda will do away with all ailments and bestow peace, happiness, and prosperity. This is why those who wish to prosper in material and spiritual worlds should engage themselves in worshipping Maa Kushmanda.