Maa Chandraghanta is the third avatar of Goddess Durga according to the Hindu mythology. Half moon shaped like a bell is the meaning of Chandra-Ghanta. Some other famous names of this form of Durga include Raamchandi, Chandika and Chandrakhanda. She is worshiped on the third day of Navaratri (a famous Hindu festival of nine divine nights dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga). She blesses people with her fearlessness, bravery and grace. She is believed to eliminate all the worries of her devotees like sufferings, distresses, mental traumas and supernatural hurdles. Durga is the original form of the Mother Goddess and considered to be the main cause of sustenance, creation and annihilation. She has many forms and Chandraghanta is one of her deadliest forms.
The Story of Maa Chandraghanta Creation
Once Lord Shiva told Mata Parvati that he would not marry any woman and remain unmarried throughout his life; this thing affected Parvati so much that she was lost in suffering and gloominess overshadowed her life. Her suffering bothered Shiva so much that he could not bear it and gave up his word. He agreed to marry her. Soon the auspicious time came for their reunion. Shiva surprises Parvati and brings a rally of mortals, goblins, ascetics, sages, ghosts, ghouls, Aghoris, shivaganas and Gods to the door of King Himavan’s kingdom to take with him, his bride Parvati for remarriage. The deadly and dangerous form of Shiva causes Parvati’s mother, Mena Devi to faint. She is totally scared by this deadly appearance of Shiva. Parvati comes to see Shiva and confronts his fearsome appearance. In order to save her relatives and family from this fear, she transforms herself into the form of Goddess Chandraghanta.
Chandraghanta requests Shiva to appear again in a charming form and accepting her request; Shiva reappears in a beautiful form of a king decorated with precious gems and jewels. Parvati then revives her friends, relatives and mother, and then Parvati and Shiva get remarried and take the vows of marriage.
Appearance of Goddess Chandraghanta
She has eight different weapons in her eight hands. The weapons are Lotus, Bell, Gada, Trishul, Sword, Kamandal, bow and arrow. Her courage and bravery are represented by the Lion she rides on, she puts on a half moon on her forehead and also bears the third eye at the center of her forehead. She is fair in complexion. Shiva is impressed by Parvati’s form and appreciates its charm, grace and beauty. This form of Durga or Parvati is not very different from her other forms. It depicts that she can be malevolent when provoked. This malevolence is known as Chamunda Devi or Chandi. Otherwise, she is very calm and serene.
She blesses her devotees with an aura of divine magnificence. These people emanate invisible power-waves, which have a huge impact on those who get in touch with them. They effortlessly realize success in life. Chandraghanta is set to demolish the evil, but to her followers, she is a kind-hearted and compassionate Mother spelling tranquillity and affluence. During her combat with the evil spirits, the horrifying sound generated by her bell sent thousands of sinful devils to the house of the Death God. She is ever in a martial position, which demonstrates her keenness to wipe out the enemies of her followers so that they may exist in serenity and opulence. Godly vision is gained by her grace. If a supporter happens to realize a divine scent and hears assorted sounds, he is considered to be consecrated by the Mother Goddess.
Goddess Chandraghanta mantra
She is worshiped on the third day of Navratri Puja. Mantra for worshiping Devi Chandraghanta is:
Mantra – (Do 108 recitation of this mantra)
ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥
Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥
पिण्डज प्रवरारूढा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता।
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यम् चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥
Pindaja Pravararudha Chandakopastrakairyuta।
Prasadam Tanute Mahyam Chandraghanteti Vishruta॥
The above mantra means, O goddess Chandraghanta, who travels on a lion, demolishes her enemies, holds several weapons in hands, shower your blessings on me.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ चन्द्रघण्टा रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।
सिंहारूढा चन्द्रघण्टा यशस्विनीम्॥
मणिपुर स्थिताम् तृतीय दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।
खङ्ग, गदा, त्रिशूल, चापशर, पद्म कमण्डलु माला वराभीतकराम्॥
पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्।
मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल मण्डिताम॥
प्रफुल्ल वन्दना बिबाधारा कान्त कपोलाम् तुगम् कुचाम्।
कमनीयां लावण्यां क्षीणकटि नितम्बनीम्॥
Vande Vanchhitalabhaya Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Simharudha Chandraghanta Yashasvinim॥
Manipura Sthitam Tritiya Durga Trinetram।
Khanga, Gada, Trishula, Chapashara, Padma Kamandalu Mala Varabhitakaram॥
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam॥
Praphulla Vandana Bibadhara Kanta Kapolam Tugam Kucham।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Kshinakati Nitambanim॥
आपदुध्दारिणी त्वंहि आद्या शक्तिः शुभपराम्।
अणिमादि सिद्धिदात्री चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
चन्द्रमुखी इष्ट दात्री इष्टम् मन्त्र स्वरूपिणीम्।
धनदात्री, आनन्ददात्री चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
नानारूपधारिणी इच्छामयी ऐश्वर्यदायिनीम्।
सौभाग्यारोग्यदायिनी चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
Apaduddharini Tvamhi Adya Shaktih Shubhparam।
Animadi Siddhidatri Chandraghante Pranamamyaham॥
Chandramukhi Ishta Datri Ishtam Mantra Swarupinim।
Dhanadatri, Anandadatri Chandraghante Pranamamyaham॥
Nanarupadharini Ichchhamayi Aishwaryadayinim।
Saubhagyarogyadayini Chandraghante Pranamamyaham॥
रहस्यम् शृणु वक्ष्यामि शैवेशी कमलानने।
श्री चन्द्रघण्टास्य कवचम् सर्वसिद्धिदायकम्॥
बिना न्यासम् बिना विनियोगम् बिना शापोध्दा बिना होमम्।
स्नानम् शौचादि नास्ति श्रद्धामात्रेण सिद्धिदाम॥
कुशिष्याम् कुटिलाय वञ्चकाय निन्दकाय च।
न दातव्यम् न दातव्यम् न दातव्यम् कदाचितम्॥
Rahasyam Shrinu Vakshyami Shaiveshi Kamalanane।
Shri Chandraghantasya Kavacham Sarvasiddhidayakam॥
Bina Nyasam Bina Viniyogam Bina Shapoddha Bina Homam।
Snanam Shauchadi Nasti Shraddhamatrena Siddhidam॥
Kushishyam Kutilaya Vanchakaya Nindakaya Cha।
Na Datavyam Na Datavyam Na Datavyam Kadachitam॥
One can also invoke Goddess with the following mantra:
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ चंद्रघंटा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
पिंडजप्रवरारुढ़ा चन्दकोपास्त्रकैर्युता !
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चन्द्रघंटेति विश्रुता !!
It means that one join hands in front of the ultimate and beg for forgiveness for all the bad karmas a man has committed. It is a prayer to the Goddess with a bell shape mark on her forehead to bestow her grace on his follower.
Favorite Flower – Jasmine (चमेली)
The benefits of steady worship of Chandraghanta devi
People with various obstacles and enemies in life should worship Chandraghanta on the third day of Navratri. It is believed that Chandraghanta then obliterates all their adversaries and blesses them with a good life.
Venerating Goddess Chandraghanta on the third day of Navratri has an enormous consequence. By submitting prayers to this Goddess, the sadhak (devotee) can sense the astonishing sights of heavenly things of the Universe. He can hear the attention-grabbing varied reverberations and can submerge oneself in the depth of divine feelings. But, the devotee has to be very mindful on this day while offering prayers to Devi Chandraghanta to experience the astounding realization bequeathed by this all-pervading. Enchanting reverence of this Goddess surely eradicates sins and obstructions from the life of Durga followers. Devi Chandraghanta removes distress from the life of her devotees. With the blessings of this Goddess, any kind of desolation or suffering in life quickly gets sorted. She annihilates evil spirited impediments from the life of her followers. She instils in her devotees Parakrami (mightiness) and Nirbhay (courage). The charm of Goddess Chandraghanta definitely makes her follower high-spirited and intrepid.
On the third day of Navratri Pooja, Goddess Chandraghanta is venerated and requested to eradicate the melancholy from the life of her adorers. However, her picture is always symbolized as a slayer of devils, but for her devotees, she is forever kind and absolute with her nobility. The devotee who exclusively worship this goddess certainly get positive aura in abundance that enables one to shine among the commotion of people. Blessing and splendour of this Goddess are undying. Distil yourself and offer your dedication towards Goddess Chandraghanta; it will absolutely reduce all despairs of the materialistic world.
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