“कुत्सित: कूष्मा कूष्मा-त्रिविधतापयुत: संसार:,
स अण्डे मांसपेश्यामुदररूपायां यस्या: सा कूष्मांडा”
Day four is specially meant to dedicate to Kushmandas, the Creator of the Universe. Kushmanda is the fourth facet of the mother goddess.
The meaning of the name ‘Ku-shm-anda’ is as follows: ‘Ku’ = a little; ‘ushma’ = ‘warmth’; ‘anda’ = ‘the cosmic egg’.
So she is considered the creator of the universe. The universe was no more than a void full of darkness, until her light spreads in all directions like rays from the sun.
Often she is depicted as having eight or ten hands. She holds weapons, glitter, rosary, etc., in her hands, and she rides a lion.
In Sanskrit, Kushmand means pumpkin and she liked the sacrifice of pumpkin. This is the other reason that she is known by the name of Kushmanda.
Jai Maa Ambe 🙂