Kushamanda – one of the Navadurga, nine manifestation of Durga.
Kushamanda is the creator of cosmic egg – the Brahmanda. It is believed that when the universe was non-existent, Goddess Kushamanda created the cosmic egg with her smile, thereby ending the darkness and bringing the light to the existence. With the glance of her left eye, she created Kali. From the left eye, she created Saraswati, and from the third eye, she created Lakshmi. From Kushamanda’s face was created Shiva, from feet, Brahma, and from arms created Vishnu. Thus, Kushamanda is the creator of trinity of Gods and Goddesses. She is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri – the nine divine nights dedicated to fierce Goddess Durga. Thus, she is an aspect of Goddess Durga. It is also believed that it is Goddess Kushamanda who gives Sun its luminosity. She is depicted as eight-armed, holding lotus, arrow, bow, kamandal (pot), rosary, Gada (mace), and chakra (chakra).