Monday, October 11, 2010

Wisdom Ecard and Navaratri 2010 Day Four

Navaratri 2010 Day Four--Kushmanda (Dress White)

The fourth aspect of Universal Mother Durga--Kushmanda:

Kushmanda - The fourth appearance of the Divine Mother is in
the form of Kushmanda. When there was darkness everywhere,
and there was no existence of the universe, she created the universe
with a smile. She is believed to be the source of eternal power.
Kushmanda has eight arms, and therefore, she is also known as
"Ashtabhuja". The deity‘s seven hands hold the holy urn (Kamandula),
a bow, an arrow, a lotus, a pot containing wine, a disc and a club. The
eighth hand holds a string of mala beads that are believed to provide
success and prudence.

Pumpkin is termed as "Kushmandam" in Sanskrit. Amongst the
sacrificial vegetables that are offered in t
he worship of Kushmanda
(naibidhya), pumpkin is the most important vegetable with which
Devi Kushmanda is most placated. That is why she is named
"Kushmanda". She is worshiped on the fourth day of the Navratri
celebration abiding by the rituals that are described in the Shashtra
and the Puranas. Worship of this form of the Devi eliminates sorrow
and diseases and enhances life, fame and strength. Mother
Kushmanda is appeased with the slightest of devotion and if any
one whole-heartedly worships the deity he will certainly gain her

Nine Days of Navaratri:
Divine Mother Aspects and Dress Colors:

  1. Shailaputri, (green)
  2. Brahmacharini, (grey)
  3. Chandraghanta, (pink)
  4. Kushmanda, (white)
  5. Skanda Mata, (red)
  6. Katyayani, (blue)
  7. Kala Ratri (Kaalratri), (yellow)
  8. Maha Gowri (Violet)
  9. Siddhidayini. (Peacock green /Turkis)

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