Now that it’s the third day of the auspicious Navratri, the devotees will worship Devi Chandraghanta, the married form of Devi Parvati. The name resembles crescent moon which is worn in the forehead of Parvati. After marriage to Lord Shiva, Parvati adored her forehead with half moon (Chandra) in the shape of a ghanta. Owing to this, Parvati got the name Chandraghanta.
Devi Chandraghanta symbolizes beauty, peace, serenity and bravery. She is also the goddess of internal and spiritual power. By worshipping Devi Chandraghanta, devotees believe that all the hindrances and troubles in the life will be wiped away.
The iconography of Devi Chandraghanta is very much majestic. She rides in a tigress and is portrayed with ten hands. While in the left side she holds sword, gada, trishul and kamandal, the right side has lotus flower, dhanush, arrow and japa mala. The fifth hand on left side represents varada mudra, while on the right side it will represent abhaya mudra. She posses power to fight against demons.
Planet Shukra is believed to be governed by Devi Chandraghanta. On this day, she will be offered milk, kheer and sweets by the devotees. These are later given to Brahmin. The rituals of worshipping Devi Chandraghanta should be ideal to begin with worshipping Lord Ganaesha, Karthikeya, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Vijaya. The worship should be concluded with prayers to Lord Shiva and Bhramaji.
Yellow is the colour for the third day of Navratri. Devotees are advised to wear sindoor on this day. Hope all the devotees will be blessed by Devi Chandraghanta in the serene occasion of Navratri.
Divine Mantra for the day:
Pindaj Pravara Rudha Chand Kopastra Keyurta |
Prasadam Tanute Maham Chandra Ghanteti Vishruta ||