The word 'Ku' means little, 'Ushma' means warmth and 'Anda' refers to the cosmic egg. Thus, as her name suggests 'the cosmic egg', she is considered to be the creator of the earth.

Maa Kushmanda signifies the form of Durga, which is considered to be the source of all. She is considered to be the creator of the universe. It is believed that she resides in the 'Suryalok' and that no other god has the power to do that.

To go by the fables, Lord Vishnu was able to start creating the universe when Devi Kushmanda smiled and moved away. There was eternal darkness in all directions and no creature existed. Then she created the whole universe.

Goddess Kushmanda represents Anhata Chakra in spiritual practice. Like Sun, she removes all the darkness, hurdles and sorrows from one's life.

Embodiment of Devi Kushmanda:
Riding a tigress, Maa Kushmanda is represented with eight hands holding 'kamandal', bow, arrow, a jar of nectar, discus, mace and a lotus. She has a rosary in one of her hands which she blesses her devotees with 'Ashtasiddhis' and 'Navniddhis'. She also wears a garland of lotus seeds in one of her hands.

Other names:
Ashtabhuja Devi, Adiswarup, Adishakti

Governing planet:

Sun is known to be governed by Goddess Kushmanda.

Mantra to worship Maa Kushmanda:

सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च ।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे ॥


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