Maa Chandraghanta is the third manifestation of Devi Durga and is worshipped on the 3rd day of Navratri.
Maa Chandraghanta is the married form of Maa Parvati after becoming Lord Shiva’s consort. In this form, Devi Parvati is peaceful and ensures the well-being of her devotees. Nevertheless, she is ready for the war with all her weapons.
The name of Goddess ChandraGhanta means “one who has a half-moon shaped like a bell”. It is believed her “third eye is always opened and she always ready for war against demons”. This manifestation of Goddess Durga is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika or Rannchandi.
It is believed that the Shukra (Planet Venus) is governed by Goddess Chandraghanta. The devotees worshipping this avatar of Maa Durga will help them get rid of any bad effects due to Shukra.
Devi Chandraghanta is described in religious texts as the deity mounting a tigress.
She is known for her beauty that is often compared to the moon. She has a half moon on her forehead in the shape of a bell, hence her name is Chandraghanta.
The bell smites all evil demons and instills fear in their hearts.
Chandraghanta is depicted with ten hands carrying Trishul (trident), Gada, sword and kamandal (water pot) in her four left hands while keeping the fifth left hand in Varadamudra. She carries a lotus flower, arrow, Dhanush and Japa Mala (rosary) in her four right hands and keeps the fifth right hand in Abhaya Mudra.
By riding a tiger She inspires Her devotees to be fearless. By worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta one gets rid of all the worldly sorrows and attains supreme spiritual bliss.
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 prayer 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 Maa Chandraghanta :
ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥
Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah (108 recitation of this mantra)
पिण्डज प्रवरारुढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्र कैर्युता |
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्र घंष्टेति विश्रुता ||
Pindaj Pravaarudh chandkopastrkairyuta |
Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghanteti vishrutaa ||
On the third day of navratri, one must also chant:
Ya devi Sarvabhutishu Maa Chandraghanta Roopen Sansthita
Namastasye namastasye namastasye Namo Namah
या देवी सर्वभूतिशू माँ चंद्रघंटा रूपेण संस्थिता नमस्तस्ये नमस्तस्ये नमस्तस्ये नमो नमः