Worship of Goddess Chandraghanta on the Third Day of Navratri
Date: 20th March, 2018 (Tuesday)
Color to be worn: Grey
Chandraghanta is the third form of Goddess Durga and is worshiped on the Third day. Those who worship Devi in this form get eternal power and strength. She is the Goddess of Manipura Chakra located on the Navel which is ruled by Sun.
Devi Chandraghanta is one who establishes justice and discipline in the world. The color of her body is golden; she rides on the lion that represents "dharma"; possesses ten hands and three eyes; eight of Her hands display weapons while the remaining two are respectively in the mudras of boon giving and stopping harm. Devi Maa is posed as if to be ready for war. "Chandra Ghanta" means supreme bliss and knowledge, showering peace and serenity, like cool breeze in a moonlit night. By Her blessings the sorrows are dispelled and the warrior within is evoked.
On the fourth day of Navaratri, the mind of the sadhak enters Manipura Chakra. He develops foresight and power of leadership. By the grace of Mother Chandraghanta all sins of the sadhak (striver) are burnt and obstacles removed. Her worship is instantly fruitful. She is always in a gesture as if ready to proceed for the battlefield and thus she removes the difficulties of devotees very promptly. Her vehicle is lion and so her worshiper becomes valorous and fearless like a lion. The sound of her bell always protects her devotees from evil spirits.
About Goddess Chandraghanta:
Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form of Parvati. Goddess Mahagauri was married to Lord Shiva and started applying half Chandra on Her forehead because of which She is referred to as Chandraghanta. She is worshipped third on Navratri. This manifestation of Parvati is peace loving and blesses Her devotees with welfare. She is also ready for war with all Her weapons. Her devotees believe that the sound of the moon bell on Her forehead dispels negativity and evil spirits away.
The vahana of the Goddess is tigress. She adorns the Chandra in a semi-circular shape on Her forehead. The half-Moon looks like the shape of the bell (Ghanta), and hence the name Chandraghanta. She is shown with 10 hands. Her left hands carry Trishul, Gada, Sword and Kamandal and Her right hands holds the lotus flower, Arrow, Dhanush and Japa Mala. Her fifth left hand is in Varada Mudra and Her fifth right hand is in the Abhaya Mudra.
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