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Navratri 2018 Day 3: Worship Maa Chandraghanta; Significance, Importance, Puja Vidhi, Mantra

Today, October 12, 2018, is the third day of Navratri. After Maa Shailaputri and Maa Brahmacharini, devotees worship Goddess Chandraghanta on the third day. The auspicious festival began from October 10 and it celebrates the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. Maa Chandraghanta is the married form of Devi Parvati after she became Lord Shiva’s wife. She is the goddess of spirituality and internal strength. It is said that people who face obstacles in life should worship this goddess.

Chandra Ghanta means “one who has a half-moon shaped like a bell”. It is believed that she always has her third eye open and is ready for war against demons. It is believed that Goddess Chandraghanta governs Shukra (Planet Venus) and people worshipping her get rid of any bad effects due to Shukra.

Chandraghanta is depicted with ten hands carrying Trishul (trident), Gada, sword and kamandal (water pot), Varadamudra in her five left hands. She carries an arrow, lotus flower, Japa Mala (rosary) and Dhanush in her four right hands and keeps the fifth right hand in Abhaya Mudra.

History

Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form of Devi Parvati. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva adorned her with Chandra. Thus, she is known as Chandraghanta. People say that the sound of the moon-bell on her forehead protects devotees from all types of evil spirits.

Mantra

Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah.

Chanting this mantra while worshipping will give you inner peace.

Colour of the day:

Wear white or orange on this day and pray to the goddess with the pure heart.

During the nine days of Navratri, nine forms of Devi Durga are worshipped. On the 10th day, people celebrate Vijayadashami means Dusshera by burning huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna. The festivals symbolise the victory of good over evil.

This year, Dussehra will be celebrated on October 19.