According to a religious belief, the present statue of Goddess Durga (Kushmanda Devi) was not made by man but appeared on its own in the temple (swayambu).
Kushmanda Devi is referred to as Ashtabhuja, or “the one with eight hands.” She is carrying a stoup (kamandal), a bow, an arrow, a jar of nectar, a discus, a mace, a rosary, and a lotus. As this form of the Devi sits in the sun’s centre, she emits a golden light, supporting Surya Lok. Kushmanda Devi, seated on a tiger, represents dharma and justice.
She carries a rosary in one hand and confers ashtasiddhis (the eight supernatural abilities expounded in ancient yoga) and Navniddhis on her believers (nine different types of wealth). The highest goddess of power, or Adi Parashakti, is said to have manifested in the shape of Siddhidatri, coming from Lord Shiva’s left side. Goddess Parvati became Kushmanda Devi after acquiring this shape and residing inside the core of the sun.
Kushmanda is made up of three words. ‘Ku,’ ushma (warmth, vigour), and anda (egg). Kushmanda can also refer to an energy ball. Surprisingly, the pumpkin is also known as Kushmanda.