Also known as Ashtabhuja for she has eight hands, maa Kushmanda gets her name from three words, ‘Ku’ means ‘a little’, ‘Usma’ means ‘energy’ and ‘Anda’ means ‘the cosmic egg or universe.’ Her smile is believed to have ended the eternal darkness of the era and led a new beginning to the creation. Goddess Shakti is at her happiest best in this reincarnation. In this form Durga creates solar system by liberating her power to Lord Sun.
After you worship all the Gods, Goddesses and Planets in the Kalash and offer prayer to Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya and Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vijaya, Jaya – the family members of Goddess Durga. The pooja should be concluded by worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta followed by a heartfelt prayer to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.
Dhyan Mantra for Maa Khushmanda- Suraa sampoorna kalasham rudhirapalu thwamevacha, Dadhanaa hasthapadmabhyam Kushmanda shubhadhaastu may.
Which means, May Kushmanda Ma Durga who holds two pitchers full of blood in her lotus hands and the universe is created, sustained and drawn within Devi’s own-self in a wink be propitious for me.
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