Maa Chandraghanta is the symbol of peace and Prosperity
Durga Puja is a special occasion in Hindus tradition. It is a time for new beginnings and offering your dedication and reverence to the Goddess Shakti. Maa Chandraghanta is the third form of Devi Durga and is worshipped on the 3rd of Navratri. Maa Chandraghanta is called by this name because she has a ‘Chandra’ – a moon on her forehead which appears as a ‘ghanta’ – a bell. The sound of the bell wards off evil spirits from her devotees. Maa has three eyes and ten hands holding ten types of swords, weapons, and arrows. She is a symbol of peace, serenity, and prosperity but she establishes justice and gives her devotees the courage and strength to fight and face the challenges.
Maa Chandraghanta appearance may be a source of power which seems always busy killing and suppressing the bad and wicked one. However, for her devotees, Maa is serene, gentle and peaceful. By worshipping Maa Chrandraghanta, you will open the doors to great respect, fame, and glory. Maa also helps you attain spiritual enlightenment. Her idol, which symbolizes both beauty and bravery, gives you the strength that keeps the negative energy away and repels all the troubles from your life.
You need to follow simple rituals to worship Goddess Chandraghanta. You should first worship all the Gods, Goddesses and Planets in the Kalash and then offer prayers to Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya and Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vijaya, Jaya – the family members of Goddess Durga. The pooja should be concluded by worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta followed by a heartfelt prayer to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.
Chant this mantra to worship and get blessings of Maa Chandraghanta:-
Piṇḍaja pravarāruṛhā caṇḍakōpāstra kairyutā |
prasādaṁ tanutē mahyaṁ candra ghanṣṭēti viśrutā ||
“I join hands in front of the supreme Goddess and adore the goddess with a bell-shaped mark of the moon on her forehead and I ask for the forgiveness for all the bad deeds I have done in my life.”
Maa Chandraghanta has a body of gold and she rides on a lion. She is always ready to help her devotees and to kill the evils troubling them and bless their devotees with a peaceful life. With a crescent moon on her forehead, elegant garb and weapons in her hands she gives the appearance of a strong female with composed countenance.