Navratri’s Fourth Day Celebrations
The colorful festival of Navratri is about to begin and we are sure everyone is ready to celebrate the festival once again. Here we are talking about the 4th day of Navratri and its Hindu traditions. The 4th day of Navratri defines the importance of worshipping Maa Kushmanda. Maa Kushmanda is considered as the fourth form of Maa Durga among her nine different avatars. Some myths suggest that Maa Kushmanda is the creator of the universe. Like other Navratri days, the Fourth day of Navratri is also observed by playing Garba at night, where people dress up in bright-colored outfits. Now, the question is when we will celebrate the 4th day of Navratri 2020? Let’s note the date and timings.
Important Date and Time For Navratri Day 4
Date: October 20, 2020
Chaturthi Tithi Begins: 02:07 PM, Oct 19
Chaturthi Tithi Ends: 11:18 AM, Oct 20
Maa Kushmanda Is Known As The Creator Of The Universe
Referring to the Hindu myths, we learned that Maa Kushmanda is the creator of the Universe. Maa Kushmanda formed the whole universe to bring light into the darkness. It is said that using her special powers, Maa Kushmanda made a cosmic egg with her smile. Maa Kushmanda also created the form of Goddesses - Lakshmi, Saraswati and Shakti. She offered all three Goddesses to the trinity of God - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Lord Shiva) as companions. These Hindu deities later helped her to fill the universe with the living creatures. Maa Kushmanda’s name is derived using three words - Ku, Ushma, and Anda, where Ku means ‘little’, ‘Ushma’ means ‘energy’ and ‘Anda’ means ‘egg’.
Maa Kushmanda is the goddess sitting on the Lion and has eight arms. Because of her eight arms, the goddess is also known as ‘Ashtabhuja Devi’. Her eight arms hold a kamandal, bow, arrow, flower, rosary, gada, chakra and a Kalash (a pitcher). Devotees worship her with fresh flowers and pumpkins. Other than that, people also make a prasad of Malpua and Doodh Paak to please the Goddess.
Maa Kushmanda - The Ruler Of The Planet Sun
Saints and devotees believe Maa Kushmanda lives inside the center of the Sun and bestows energy to the living creatures. Being in the center of the Sun, the Goddess governs the path of the planet in horoscope. Worshipping Maa Kushmanda with a true heart, one can remove the ill-effects of Surya. Moreover, she also helps Surya to find favourable positions in an individual’s horoscope. Kushmanda Devi is known for producing rays of light into the darkness and which is why people worship Maa Kushmanda to eliminate the dark phase of their life. Offering a sincere prayer to Maa Kushmanda may help the person to achieve longevity, strength and energy in life.
How To Perform Maa Kushmanda Puja?
Organize Kushmanda Puja with the help of below-mentioned steps in order to worship Maa Kushmanda on the fourth day of Navaratri.
Follow the morning rituals by wearing orange-colored clothes
Have a photo or idol of Kushmanda Devi in your home temple
Perform Kalash sthapana and recall Maa Kushmanda in your prayers
Do dhyan (meditate) and sankalp
Invoke Maa Kushmanda by chanting her mantra
Offer flowers, pumpkins or sweets to honour Goddess
Complete puja by doing aarti
Give prasad to fellow devotees
Maa Kushmanda Mantra
Show your devotion to Goddess Kushmanda by chanting the Maa Kushmanda mantra. This may help you to overcome life obstacles.
“ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नमः॥”
Chaturthi Wishes From Team GaneshaSpeaks.com
This Chaturthi, May your wish come true by Maa Kushmanda's grace. Wish you a Happiest Navratri 2020!
With Ganesha’s Grace,
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team
Navratri’s Fourth Day Celebrations