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Navratri Day 4: Devi Kushmanda – The Mother and Cosmic Womb of Creation

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The fourth day of the Navratri festival pays homage to Devi Kushmanda. This fourth manifestation of Ma Durga represents abundance and the power of cosmic creation. Her name ‘Kushmanda’ literally translates to the cosmic egg or the source of creation. Her ruling graha is the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Let us unpack the precious wisdom this roop of Ma Shkati offers to all Sanatanis to follow in the modern world. 

Devi Kushmanda – The Cosmic Nurturing Womb  

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Devi Kushmanda is a powerful and benevolent goddess who blesses her devotees with knowledge, power, and prosperity. She is often depicted as a beautiful woman with eight arms, riding her vahana of a lion. She holds various weapons and symbols in her hands, including a lotus, a mace, a sword, and a Sudarshan Chakra. These symbols represent her many powers and attributes.

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Devi Kushmanda is uniquely worshiped as the cosmic womb from which all life springs. She embodies the power of creation and the principle of universe existence. Thus, she is the source of all abundance and prosperity.

Worship of Ma Kushmanda helps Sanatanis to tap into the creative power of the universe. Her blessings help Sanatanis manifest their dreams and desires. She is a powerful motivator that helps her devotees to overcome all obstacles in their path.

Her vandana is as follows:

दुर्गतिनाशिनी त्वंहि दरिद्रादि विनाशनीम्। जयंदा धनदा कूष्माण्डे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥

जगतमाता जगतकत्री जगदाधार रूपणीम्। चराचरेश्वरी कूष्माण्डे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥

त्रैलोक्यसुन्दरी त्वंहि दुःख शोक निवारिणीम्। परमानन्दमयी, कूष्माण्डे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥

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Meaning:

O Destroyer of Afflictions, You bring an end to Poverty and Miseries.

Giver of Victory and Wealth, We bow to You!

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O Mother of the World, the Sustainer of the Universe.

Goddess of all beings, O Ma Kushmanda, We bow to You!

O Beauty of the Three Worlds, dispelling sorrow and grief.

 Goddess full of Supreme Bliss, O Ma Kushmanda, We bow to You!

Devi Kushmanda and her Ruling Graha Jupiter

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Devi Kushmanda’s ruling Graha is Jupiter or ‘Brihaspati.’ This planet influences the properties that inspire the worship of this roop of Ma Shakti. Jupiter is known for its expansive energy; symbolizing growth, wisdom, and abundance. Thus, Ma Kushmanda embodies this energy that signifies the limitless potential for growth and prosperity within every believer.

Similar to Jupiter’s stabilizing force in the solar system, Devi Kushmanda acts as a nurturing force that sustains all life forms. She is another form of the cosmic mother and the feminine divine that provides protection to devotees.

Jupiter as Brihaspati also referred to as the ‘guru’ or teacher of the gods. Therefore, it imparts wisdom and guidance to all believers. As Ma Kushmanda’s ruling Graha, Jupiter strengthens her role as the nurturer of divine wisdom and knowledge.iz 

Lesson for the Modern Indian

One major lesson that modern Indians can derive from Ma Kushmanda is the art of fostering growth and development. By embracing opportunities for learning and self-improvement, this avatar of Ma Shakti can help devotees expand their horizons and achieve prosperity.

Similar to Jupiter’s stabilizing influence in our solar system, Sanatani Indians can learn to nurture and support each other. By offering love, care, and guidance, devotees of this manifestation of Ma Durga can create an environment where abundance flourishes.

Ma Kushmanda’s connection with Jupiter underscores the importance of seeking deep wisdom and knowledge. Sanatani modern Indians can find inspiration in this roop of Ma Durga to embark on a journey of continuous learning. 

Devi Kushmanda and her ruling graha Jupiter inspire modern Indians in many unique ways. From fostering personal growth to nurturing others; this roop of Ma Shakti asks devotees to seek wisdom. This manifestation of Ma Druga helps Sanatanis harness the cosmic energy for the betterment of mankind. May the blessings of Devi Kushmanda help Sanatanis seek spiritual richness and personal development. Through her grace, may modern Indians create a life filled with prosperity, wisdom, and boundless opportunities for growth.

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