Chandraghanta - Worshipped on the Third Day of Navratri
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The name Chandraghanta is the compound of two words, ‘Chandra’ meaning moon... is the compound of two words, ‘Chandra’ meaning moon and ‘ghanta’ meaning bell-shaped. The Goddess wears a half-moon on her head which is in the shape of a bell and thus the name. She is also known as Chandika because of her ferocious form and warrior-like stance. She can be both malevolent and benevolent, depending on the circumstances. She is an embodiment of bravery and courage and always encourages to fight against the evil.
After years of penance performed by Parvati, when ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... agreed to marry her, they both were overwhelmed and were soon to celebrate their union. Shiva went to Parvati’s house with an army of gods, mortals, ghosts, goblins, sages etc. As soon as Parvati’s parents saw Shiva they fainted in terror as he had a huge body, long hair, serpent around his neck and wore tiger skin as clothes. ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... to match up to his description then took a form of Chandraghanta as to not let him feel insulted. But she soon requested Shiva to take charming form so that her parents could accept him as a son-in-law. Shiva then appeared as a price, neatly dressed and decorated with jewels. Parvati brought her parents back into consciousness. A marriage ceremony then took place.
Chandraghanta is usually depicted with four arms but originally has ten arms in which she holds various weapons like trident, mace, arrow, bow, sword and goad. She also holds a bell in one hand and water pot in another. She always showers blessings on her devotees and thus one of her hands is always in blessing-giving posture. As she is fearless and courageous, she rides either a tiger or a lion. She is golden in complexion and like her husband, has a third eye in the middle of her forehead.
The bell which she holds is known to produce terrible sound during her fights with demons. Such strong and provocative is the sound that it sends demons to the abode of death God immediately. The sound of the bell is also used to dispel evil spirits. She is always posed as to be ready for war.
Her another aspect is gentler and full of grace. Though she is a source of power, she is also serene and peaceful. She is beautiful and helps in gaining enlightenment.
Benefits of Worshipping Chandraghanta
People who worship her are believed to gain a power of insight. They attain peace as they start understanding the real meaning of life but this power is gained only be true devotees. She rewards her worshippers with bravery and courage and all their problems, troubles and sins get dissolved. Physical or mental ailments do not affect them and no spirits or ghosts trouble them.
She bestows strength and provides justice. She is the giver of knowledge and enlightens beings. She gives the rationality to differentiate between good and evil. She removes hindrances from the path of her worshippers. She also represents bliss and provides prosperity and health. She provides leadership qualities and help excel professionally. Worshipping her proves instantly fruitful.
Recitation of Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mind‘Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah, Pindaj Pravaarudh Chandkopastrkairyuta, Prasadam Tanute Mahyam Chandraghanta Vishruta’, hundred and eight times a day proves beneficial. It means that Goddess Chandraghanta who rides a tiger and holds weapons in ten hands, please shower your blessings on us.
A devotee who is able to smell divine fragrance and also can hear diverse soothing sounds is believed to have been blessed by the Goddess.