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Last updated: Oct 17, 2023 7:10 PM IST
SHARDIYA NAVRATRI 2023: The Chaturthi Tithi, or the fourth day of the Hindus’ auspicious nine-night festival of Navratri, is dedicated to the goddess Kushmanda, the fourth form of the nine incarnations of the goddess Durga worshiped during this period. It is believed that Goddess Parvati, after assuming the form of Siddhidatri, dwelt at the center of the sun to balance energy and light and release energy from the universe.
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According to Hindu scriptures, the goddess Kushmanda is the creator of the brahmand, the universe, and is the only goddess who has the power and ability to live in the sun. Goddess Kushmanda is known as Ashtabhuja because she has eight hands. She carries Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal in the right hand and Amrit Kalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in the left hand.
Navratri 2023 Day 4: Date and Muhurat
The fourth day of Navratri is celebrated on Wednesday, October 18. According to the Drik Panchang, the Dwitiya Tithi will be in force from October 18, 1:26 am to October 19, 1:12 am.
Navratri 2023 Day 4 Color: ROYAL BLUE
Put on a royal blue dress on Wednesday and experience a feeling of incomparable joy, prosperity and inner peace as you celebrate Navratri.
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Navratri 2023 Day 4: Significance
It is believed that Maa Kushmanda created the entire universe, which is called Brahmanda in Sanskrit, by showing just a small part of her smile. The goddess loves white gourd Bali known as Kushmanda and it is believed that her Jap Mala will be the source of all power bestowed on Siddhis and Niddhis.
Navratri 2023 Day 4: Puja Vidhi for Maa Kushmanda
- Devotees of Devi Kushmanda should get up early and wear fresh and clean clothes for morning puja after bathing
- The goddess is then offered shringaar samagri such as red chunri, sindoor, bangles, bindi, kajal, toe ring, comb, earrings, nose pin, necklace, mirror, anklets, perfume, etc.
- Maa Kushmanda is worshiped with red colored flowers while devotees also offer wax gourd or Petha as a symbolic offering.
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Navratri 2023 Day 4: Mantra for Maa Kushmanda
- I think it’s good
- I think I did well
- I think I did well े॥
- Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah॥
- Surasampurna Kalasham Rudhiraplutameva Cha।
- Dadhana Hastapadmabhyam Kushmanda Shubhadastu Me॥
Navratri 2023 Day 4: Bhog offered to Maa Kushmanda
The fourth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda, the one who destroys darkness from the lives of her devotees and grants them wealth and health. This avatar of the goddess is as divine and radiant as the sun. Devotees should offer Malpua prasad to attain these qualities of the Goddess.
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