Chandraghanta Devi: The Third Goddess Worshiped On Third Day Of Navratri

Chandraghanta Devi is the third out of nine forms of Durga. The goddess is believed to reward people with her courage, valour and elegance. The third day of Navratri is dedicated to her.

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Chandraghanta Devi is the third out of nine forms of Durga. The goddess is believed to reward people with her courage, valour and elegance. The third day of Navratri is dedicated to her. She is considered most beautiful among all nine goddesses and she is also the wife of Lord Shiva.

Chandraghanta Devi is revered as the goddess of spiritual and internal power. Those who face obstacles and have enemies should worship Chandraghanta Devi. According to beliefs, her blessings removes hurdle.

The goddess is seen riding on a tiger or a lion. The lion represents bravery. She has the third eye placed in the centre of her forehead, and half-moon from which she has got her significant name.

The legend behind her emerge is Mahadev when came to marry Devi Parvati he brought wedding a procession having gods, ghosts, mortals, ghouls, sages, goblins, Aghoris, ascetics. The visual of this scared mainavati- the mother of Devi Parvati, and she fainted. Goddess Parvati then took the form of  Maa Chandraghanta to save her mother and other members of the family.

Devi Chandraghanta was ready to destroy the evils. She is known for killing evil and her motherly love and affection toward her devotees, showering prosperity and peace. The bell of the goddess produced a horrible sound, which killed thousands of wicked demons in a battle.

Devi Chandraghanta governs venus planet and she adores the red colour along with the lotus flower.  The goddess has ten hands, one of her hands always remain in the posture of blessing. The two hands hold a Trishula (trident). Others comprise of Gada (mace), kamandal  (waterpot), Ghanta (bell), bow-arrow, khadak (sword) and Kamal (lotus flower). Her fifth right-hand remains in the Abhaya Mudra.

The favourite Prasad of the goddess is kheer by the devotees. The kheer tends to relieve all pains of devotees. The  Devi Chandraghanta mantra is “Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah”. The famous Devi Chandraghanta mandir is in Varanasi, Jaipur.

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