New Delhi: During the nine-day long Navratri festival, pray to Maa Kushmanda for her divine blessings.
Ku means 'a little', Ushma means 'warmth' or 'energy', and Anda means 'cosmic egg'. Goddess Kushmanda is believed to have created the universe with her divine smile.
The manifestation of Durga, called Kushmanda, is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratra. It is believed that it is this form of Durga which eliminated darkness from the world with her smile. And hence, every idol of the goddess in this form has a benevolent smile on her face.
Maa Kushmanda is lord Shiva's consort and improves the health of the devotee. She also bestows immense wealth and strength to her bhakts.
Chant Maa Kushmanda's mantra to seek her blessings:
सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे॥