Devi Durga was jointly created by the holy trinity - Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) to eliminate a demon named Mahishasur, who's treachery ruined peace and sanctity in the three worlds.
Known as the destroyer of evil and enforcer of good sense and morality, Durga, the ten-armed Goddess is worshipped during Navratri, a festival spread over nine days during four different times of the year.
Out of the four Navratris, the Chaitra and the Sharadiya are the most popular. The others are Aashada and Magha Gupta Navratri.
Durga, who represents the feminine form, is worshipped during Navratri - Nav meaning nine and Ratri meaning nights.
The fourth day of the auspicious nine-day festival of - Navratri – is dedicated to Kushmanda, one of the nine forms of Goddess Durga.
This form of Durga is believed to have the power to reside within the sun. Hence, she has the radiance and the glow to sustain and preserve energy.
Mounted on a lioness, Devi Kushmanda is depicted with Ashta Bhuja or eight hands.
Devotees seek her blessings and guidance to head in the right direction. She also blesses her devotees with power and energy.
You can invoke Maa Kushmanda by chanting this simple Mantra
ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नमः॥
Om Devi Kushmandayay Namah॥
Here’s a stuti dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कूष्माण्डा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samstita।
Namastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah॥