Fourth Day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. The day also marks the beginning of worshipping of Goddess Lakshmi during Navaratra. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu was able to begin the creation of universe, when Goddess Kushmanda smiled and receded. She represents that form of Durga, which is the source of all. Goddess Durga is also worshipped as Bhuvneshwari on the fourth day in many parts of India.

Goddess Kushmanda is also depicted as having four hands. She is also known as ‘Ashtabhuja,’when she is depicted as having eight arms.

It is believed that the eternal darkness ended when she smiled. And this led to the beginning of creation. This form symbolizes that Shakti is the primordial source.

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