Chandraghanta | Navratri Day 3

Chandraghanta | Navratri Day 3

The third day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta. Chandraghanta is the married form of the goddess Parvati after her union with Shiva. “Chandra Ghanta” means “one who has a half-moon shaped like a bell.”

She is depicted riding a Tiger, which represents courage or bravery and calls to her fierce and protective nature towards her devotees. She is a warrior with ten hands carrying Trishul (trident), Gada, sword, and kamandal (water pot) in her four left hands while keeping the fifth left hand in Varadamudra. She carries a lotus flower, arrow, Dhanush, and Japa Mala (rosary) in her four right hands and keeps the fifth right hand in Abhaya Mudra It is believed her “third eye is always opened and she always ready for war against demons”.

This manifestation of Goddess Durga is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika or Rannchandi. By riding a tiger She inspires Her devotees to be fearless. By worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta one gets rid of all the worldly sorrows and attains supreme spiritual bliss.

The story of Maa Chandraghanta in English

A long war between gods and asuras. The lord of the asuras was Mahishasura and Indra is the lord of the gods. Mahishasura conquered the gods and took the throne of Indra and began to rule heaven. Seeing this, all the gods got upset and everyone went to Tridev Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to find a solution to get out of this problem. The gods told that Mahishasura had taken away all the rights of Indra, Chandra, Surya, Vayu, and other gods and made them hostage and became the king of heaven itself. Devata told that due to the atrocities of Mahishasura, the gods are now roaming the earth and there is no place for them in heaven. Hearing this, Brahma, Vishnu, and Lord Shankar got very angry. The anger generated energy from the mouth of the three.

The energy that came out of the body of the deities also got mixed with that energy. It started spreading in ten directions. Then there was the incarnation of a goddess. Lord Shankar bestowed the trinity to Goddess and Lord Vishnu provided the chakra. Similarly, other Gods and Goddesses also decorated weapons in the hands of the Goddess. Indra also gave his Vajra and Airavat after getting down from the elephant. Surya gave his sharp and sword and gave a lion to ride. Goddess was now fully prepared for the battle with Mahishasura.

Seeing her huge form, Mahishasura understood that now his death is near. Mahishasura asked his army to attack the goddess. Teams of other demons also plunged into battle. Goddess killed the demons in one stroke. Mahishasura was killed in this war, along with other big demons, Goddess killed them. In this way, the mother saved all the Gods from the asuras.

Suggested Read: Different Forms of Durga

Maa Chandraghanta Ki Katha

एक बार महिषासुर नाम के एक राक्षस ने स्वर्गलोक पर आक्रमण कर दिया उसने देवराज इंद्र को युद्ध में हराकर स्वर्गलोक पर विजय प्राप्त कर ली और स्वर्गलोक पर राज करने लगा। युद्ध में हारने के बाद सभी देवता इस समस्या के निदान के लिए त्रिदेवों के पास गए। देवताओं ने भगवन विष्णु, महादेव और ब्रह्मा जी को बताया की महिषासुर ने इंद्र, चंद्र, सूर्य, वायु और अन्‍य देवताओं के सभी अधिकार छीन लिए हैं और उन्हे बंदी बनाकर स्वर्ग लोक पर कब्जा कर लिया है।

देवताओं ने बताया कि महिषासुर के अत्याचार के कारण देवताओं को धरती पर निवास करना पड़ रहा है। देवताओं की बात सुनकर त्रिदेवों को अत्याधिक क्रोध आ गया। और उनके मुख से ऊर्जा उत्पन्न होने लगी। इसके बाद यह ऊर्जा दसों दिशाओं में जाकर फैल गई। उसी समय वहां पर एक देवी ने अवतार लिया। भगवान शिव ने देवी को त्रिशुल विष्णु जी ने चक्र दिया। इसी तरह अन्य देवताओं ने भी मां को अस्त्र शस्त्र प्रदान किए। इंद्र ने मां को अपना वज्र और घंटा प्रदान किया। भगवान सूर्य ने मां को तेज और तलवार दिए। इसके बाद मां को सवारी के लिए शेर भी दिय गया। मां अपने अस्त्र शस्त्र लेकर महिषासुर से युद्ध करने के लिए निकल पड़ीं। मां का रूप इतना विशालकाय था कि उनके इस स्वरूप को देखकर महिषासुर अत्यंत ही डर गया।

महिषासुर ने अपने असुरों को मां पर आक्रमण करने के लिए कहा। सभी राक्षस से युद्ध करने के लिए मैदान में उतर गए। मां ने सभी राक्षसों का संहार कर दिया। मां ने महिषासुर के सभी बड़े राक्षसों को मार दिया और अंत में महिषासुर का भी अंत कर दिया। इस तरह मां ने देवताओं की रक्षा की और उन्हें स्वर्गलोक की प्राप्ति कराई।

Maa Chandraghanta Mantra

Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah (108 recitation of this mantra)

ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥


Pindaj Pravaarudh chandkopastrkairyuta |
Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghanteti vishrutaa ||

पिण्डज प्रवरारुढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्र कैर्युता |
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्र घंष्टेति विश्रुता ||

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