Kushmanda Ma celebrated on the 4th night of Navratri. This series of 9 sculptures was created in honor of the Hindu Holiday of Navratri, the nine night celebration of 9 different incarnations of the goddess Durga.
Kushmanda Ma is worshipped on this 4th night. Some consider Kushmanda the Mother of the Sun, giving the sun it’s warmth, light, and brilliance. She is a happy incarnation of the Adi Shakti and It is said she created the universe by flashing her smile. Her name translates as Ku (little) Usma (warmth or energy) Anda (Cosmic Egg or Universe). She rides a tiger and in her eight hands holds a discus, mace, lotus, bow, arrow, jars of amrita (life giving nectar), and blood, and one hand bestows grace.