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Nine forms of Maa Durga are worshiped during the nine days of Navratri. Maa Chandraghanta is the form of Durga Maa worshiped on the third day. The Chandraghanta is known to slay the demons so she has a sword, trident, mace and bow in her hands. It is believed that Maa takes away all the sorrows of her devotees. Durga Maa took the form of Chandraghanta for the protection of religion and for removal of darkness from the world. The worship of Maa Chandraghanta provides spiritual and inner strength to devotees. The devotee who recites Durga Saptashati on the third day of Navratri & pleases Maa Chandraghanta with his prayers gets glory, fame, and honour in the world.
The bodies of both Mata Chandraghanta and her ‘vahan’ the lion are shining like gold. Maa is adorned with a half-moon shaped Ghanta or Bell in her hands giving her the name Maa Chandraghanta. Maa has ten hands. A lotus flower and weapons are decorated in her hands. Maa is Adi Shakti and is the strength of Mahadev.
In her 10 hands, Maa Chandraghanta carries lotus flower, kamandal (wooden reliquary carried by the saints for water) and weapons including bow, arrow, sword, trident (trishul) and mace (gada). There is white flower garland in her neck and jewelled crown sits on her head. With her two hands, she gives the blessings of eternal life, health and wealth to the seekers. She is the slayer of demons and demons shiver with the thought of Maa Chandrghanta. This form of Maa riding on her lion is always ready for war and is the ultimate symbol of strength.
ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥
Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ चन्द्रघण्टा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena Samsthita। Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
Devotees worship Mata Chandraghanta on the third day of Navratri. Mata Brahmacharini abodes the Manipura Chakra also known as the Solar Plexus Chakra. The Might of Maa Chandraghanta is divine with weapons such as Trishul, Gada, Khadak and Dhanush Baan at her disposal. Mata Chandraghanta rides on a lion and has a third eye which always remains open. With the blessings of Maa Chandraghanta, devotees become victorious over all their enemies. Moreover, Mata Chandraghanta takes away all the suffering, distress, hurdles and sins of her devotees. Her worship is always fruitful. Mata quickly resolves the suffering of devotees. Her worshipers become mighty and fearless like a lion. The sound of her ghanta (bell) always protects her devotees from ghosts.
By worshiping her there is development of heroism – fearlessness along with gentleness and humility which leads to the growth of radiance in the face, eyes and entire body of the worshiper. The tone of devotee incorporates divine, supernatural melody. Devotees and worshipers of Mata Chandraghanta experience peace and happiness wherever they go. The invisible radiation of celestial light emits from the body of the mother’s worshiper. This divine action is not seen with ordinary eyes, but the seeker and the people in contact with him can experience this divinity. Maa Chandraghanta imparts learning & knowledge to her devotees while at the same time protecting her seekers from all harms. Worshiping her not only leads to the development of strength and intelligence, but the universe and nature itself starts supporting the devotee. With the worship of Maa Chandraghanta, once can become free from all worldly sufferings and achieve salvation.
जय माँ चन्द्रघण्टा सुख धाम। पूर्ण कीजो मेरे काम॥
चन्द्र समाज तू शीतल दाती। चन्द्र तेज किरणों में समाती॥
मन की मालक मन भाती हो। चन्द्रघण्टा तुम वर दाती हो॥
सुन्दर भाव को लाने वाली। हर संकट में बचाने वाली॥
हर बुधवार को तुझे ध्याये। श्रद्दा सहित तो विनय सुनाए॥
मूर्ति चन्द्र आकार बनाए। शीश झुका कहे मन की बाता॥
पूर्ण आस करो जगत दाता। कांचीपुर स्थान तुम्हारा॥
कर्नाटिका में मान तुम्हारा। नाम तेरा रटू महारानी॥
भक्त की रक्षा करो भवानी।
According to the legend when the terror of the demons started increasing, Mother Durga incarnated in the form of Mata Chandraghanta. At that time, the king of the Asuras (demons) was Mahishasura who was in war with the Devtas. Mahishasura wanted to win over the throne of Dev Raj Indra. He had a strong desire to rule the heaven. All the gods then appeared before Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to find a solution to this problem. All three Gods the Trimurti got angry listening to the plea of devtas.
From the energy that came from the mouth of the three due to anger descended a goddess. This goddess came to be know as Maa Chandraghanta. Lord Shankar gave his trident and Lord Vishnu provided his chakra to Maa. Similarly, other Gods and Goddesses also handed over their weapons in the hands of Mata. Devraj Indra gave the goddess a bell. Surya gave his glow, sword, and provided lion for the ride. After this, Maa Chandraghanta approached Mahishasura. Seeing this form of Mata, Mahishasura realized that his end has come. Mahishasura attacked Mata and thus began an intense war. Alongside this, a fierce war broke out between the gods and the demons. Finally, Mata Chandraghanta killed Mahishasura thus helping the gods.
We need to purify our mind and body for worship of Mother Chandraghanta. Make sure to take a note of the following things while praying to the goddess.
On this day, a married woman of dark complexion should be called and worshiped. Serve yogurt and pudding (Halwa) in the meal. The Kalash (urn) and the temple bell should be presented as an offering to her.