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Navratri Day Four Is Dedicated to ‘Maa Kushmanda’, Goddess who Governs the Sun

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Goddess Kushmanda (Maa durga wallpapers)

This day of Navratri is dedicated to ‘Maa Kushmanda’. Devotees on this day enchant mantras and offer red flowers to Maa Kushmanda and wish for good health and prosperity in life.

Maa Kushmanda is also known as Ashtabhuja Devi, which means she has eight hands. In her figurine, she can be seen holding Kalash, chakra, gada, kamandal, rosary, lotus, bow and arrow. It is believed that all the power to bestow Siddhis and Niddhis are located in her Jap Mala.

Maa Kushmanda is also named as ‘Adi Shakti’. It is believed that Goddess Kushmanda is the one who governs the sun. Goddess Kushmanda resides at the core of the Sun and provides energy. She rides a lion.

Devotees should chant this mantra for 108 times on the fourth day of Navratri :

Suraasampoornam Kalasham Rudhiraaplutamev Cha | Dahdana Hastpadmaabhyaam Kushmanda Shubhdaastu Me ||

Which means, May Maa Kushmanda who holds two pitchers full of Madira and Blood in her lotus hands, be propitious to me.

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Strange Rituals: Demon King Ravana is Worshipped on Dussehra

Effigy of Ravana burns. Dussehra. Wikimedia

Sep 30, 2017: Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated with fervor at the end of Navratri every year. The festival is observed by burning the puppet of King Ravana. While at some places, the celebration of good over evil is celebrated by burning effigy of the demon king, there are some places where Ravana is worshipped on this occasion. It is predisposed amongst the followers that all their wishes come true on this day.

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Every year on Dussehra, the 125-year-old Dashanan temple in Shivala area of Kanpur is opened for its devotees. An idol of King Ravana is ornamented, and aarti is performed. Devotees perform religious rituals and light lamps to celebrate the festival. The temple remains closed following the burning of Ravana’s statue.

Dashanan Temple was constructed in 1890 by king Guru Prasad Shukl. The rationale behind the construction of Dashanan temple was Ravana’s adherence towards Lord Shiva.

King Ravana is worshipped at many places in India, for example: In Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada, a huge shivalinga established by Ravana is revered along with the demon-king. Vidisha, a village in Madhya Pradesh is dedicated to King Ravana. In this village, the first wedding card invitation is sent to Ravana before the commencement of any celebration. Neither the devotees burn dummies of King Ravana, nor do they celebrate Dussehra.

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