New Delhi: The auspicious occasion of Navratri began this year from October 7 and will last till Vijayadashami or Dussehra on October 15 respectively. Devotees pray to goddess Durga during this 9-day long festival where different forms of Maa Shakti are worshipped.
On the third day of Navratri, Maa Chandraghanta is prayed to. As the name signifies, Chandraghanta means a half-moon shaped like a bell.
The goddess blesses her bhakts with valour and removes all the obstacles from their lives. She eradicates their worries, sins, physical and mental pain. Seated on a tiger/lion, goddess Chandraghanta is Dashabhuja or the one with ten hands—each holding a significant item. One of her hands remains in Abhayamudra or the blessings posture.
She has a third eye on her forehead and stands for bravery. Trishul, Lotus, Gada, Kamandal, Sword, Bow, Arrow, Japa Mala, Abhayamudra, Gyan mudra are her weapons and she mounts on a tiger.
The goddess can take a ferocious form if the need arises for the betterment of society. She is well equipped for a war-like situation and has destroyed several demons on the battlefield. Her devotees pray to her for courage and strength.
CHANT THESE MANTRAS OF MAA CHANDRAGHANTA FOR VALOUR:
ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥
Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥
Here’s a Stuti of Maa Chandraghanta as well:
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ चन्द्रघण्टा रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena Samstita
Namastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah
Happy Navratri to all everyone, Jai Mata Di!