Navratri 2021 Day 3rd: Know About The Story Of Maa Chandraghanta And Aarti

Goddess Chandraghanta in 2021

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October, 2021

(Saturday)

Goddess Chandraghanta is always worshipped on the third day of Navratri. Her name is combining two words- Chandra, meaning the moon, and Ghanta meaning a bell. The Goddess's name has been derived from the half-moon shaped like a bell placed on her forehead. She is also known as the Goddess Chandrakhanda. This third form of Goddess Durga gives strength and bravery to those who worship her and is believed to take all their sorrows away. Even though Goddess Chandrakhanda is the more robust form of Goddess Parvati, it's so believed that she only appears so when furious over an issue. Otherwise, she has a calm nature. The married version of Goddess Parvati is also known as Goddess ChandraGhanta. Worshipping Goddess ChandraGhanta gives feelings of strength, calmness, and valor to the worshippers.

The representation of Goddess ChandraGhanta

Goddess ChandraGhanta rides a lion, and her body sparkles as bright as gold. She has ten arms where 4 of the left arms carry a trident, bludgeon, sword, and a kamandal while the fifth arm forms a mudra. The other four arms on the right carry a lotus, arrow, bow, and a Jap Mala. This form of Goddess Durga with weapons is generally seen at times of war.

Who is Goddess ChandraGhanta?

Goddess Durga took this form of Goddess ChandraGhanta to defeat the asuras and eliminate their negative effect on the world. Defeating the asuras, Goddess Durga delivered relief to the gods from the asura's constant torture. Goddess ChandraGhanta is also known as the married form of Goddess Parvati. As the Goddess Parvati got married to Lord Shiva, she put the moon on her forehead and was known as the Goddess ChandraGhanta. As she rides the lion, she's believed to have taken the aggressive form for a war. She carries a lotus, weapons, and kamandal in her arms.

Significance of worshipping Goddess ChandraGhanta

People generally get rid of all their fears and notice a hike in the feeling of strength as they worship Mata ChandraGhanta. She has ten arms with multiple weapons that represent the extreme version of Goddess Parvati. As she rides the lion, she's always prepared to enter the battlefield. As per Tantra Sadhna, this form of Goddess ChandraGhanta awakens the Manipur Chakra. Goddess ChandraGhanta is always ready to wipe off the evil ones from the planet. The ones who worship ChandraGhanta Maa can get rid of the flaws of planet Mars in their Kundli. This is why one should always worship Goddess ChandraGhanta on the 3rd day of Navratri. Worshipping the Goddess with proper procedures leads to the destruction of a person's sin. With Goddess ChandraGhanta's blessings, couples lead a happy married life with opulence and prosperity. As couples worship her, they can easily find a solution to multiple issues they face in their married life. Goddess ChandraGhanta is the protector of a family. She is connected to the planet Venus. If you have Venus affecting your kundali in any way, worshipping goddess ChandraGhanta can help.

Significance of the Navratri Day 3

The third Navratra carries tremendous significance with itself. It is believed that the Goddess's deity is worshipped on this auspicious day. It is a fact that the sound from Goddess's bell scares the persecutors, monsters, and demons away. With the Goddess's blessings, worshippers often get to visualize the supernatural goods. According to Hindu Shastras, it's been told that worshipping Goddess ChandraGhanta evokes the power of fearlessness and courage, providing calmness and politeness in the end.

Maa ChandraGhanta Story

1- When Lord Shiva told Goddess Parvati how he doesn't wish to marry anybody, she got upset with it. Lord Shiva was hurt emotionally looking at Goddess Parvati this way. Hence, he went to Lord Himavan's house with the baraat to marry Goddess Parvati. The baraat included multiple types of living species, Lords, Ghosts, and Aghoris. Looking at the baraat at her doorstep, Goddess Parvati's mother fell unconscious with fear. Goddess Parvati then sat down with her family, trying to calm them down. She then visited Lord Shiva in the form of Goddess ChandraGhanta. She tried to convince him politely to enter the house as a groom. Lord Shiva agreed to her and furnished himself with multiple types of jewels.

2- An Asura named Mahishasura attacked the SwargaLoka, defeating Lord Indra to rule the SwargaLoka successfully. After their defeat on the battlefield, the Lords from SwargaLoka went to Tridev for help. They told the Tridev about Mahishasura capturing Lord Indra, Surya, Vayu, along with other ones to rule over SwargaLoka as he's been torturing the other Lords ever since they had to leave the SwargaLoka. Tridev was furious listening to the entire situation, and as they expressed their anger, intense energy was released from their mouths. This energy was then spread into all ten directions. Right then, a Goddess took form in front of everybody. Lord Shiva gave his Trishul to Goddess, and Lord Vishnu gave her the Chakra. As this happened, other Lords also gathered to provide all their weapons to the Goddess. Lord Indra presented his moon and bell to the Goddess. Lord Surya gave her his energy and sword. In the end, she was also given a lion to ride. With all the weapons and power, Goddess ChandraGhanta left to introduce a fight with Mahishasura. As the Goddess's face represented tons of energy, Mahishasura was already scared looking at it. He then ordered his Asuras to attack the Goddess. All the Asuras were there on the battlefield trying to defeat the Goddess Durga. In no time, Goddess Durga won over each one of them. She then killed Mahishasura and freed all the Lords from his capture, returning the SwargaLoka to them.

Goddess ChandraGhanta Puja Procedure

1- One should take a bath before sunrise and put on clean clothes. Then, the stool used to put the statue of the Goddess must be cleaned with holy Ganges water.

2- Next step is to place the statue and Kalash on the cleaned stool. Ingredients needed for the puja to be presented to the Goddess include clothes, a good luck thread, Chandan, sindoor, turmeric, jewelry, roli, billboard, durva, flowers, perfumed agarbatti, Diya, fruits, naivedya, and paan.

3- Then, you need to repeat tha mantra "pindjaprarudha chandkopastra kairyuta" (पिण्डजप्रवरारुढा चण्डकोपास्त्र कैर्युता). “Pindjaprarudha chandkopastra kairyuta” (पिण्डजप्रवरारुढा चण्डकोपास्त्र कैर्युता). Present the flowers to the Goddess while repeating this ChandraGhanta mantra and perform the rituals.

4- Repeat the mantra of Durga Saptashati and listen to her story. Do the aarti for the Goddess with a Diya.

5- Present sweets made from milk to Goddess ChandraGhanta this day with some apples and jaggery.

Offer this to Goddess ChandraGhanta

Every form of Goddess is presented with a different type of offering. It's said that the offering represents your devotion towards the Goddess. Goddess ChandraGhanta should always be represented with sweets made of milk only. After you offer it to the Goddess, eat it yourself and offer it to others as well. It is believed that presenting this offering to the Goddess will be the end to all your sorrows.

Mantra

Om devi chandraghantaya namah

(ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥)

Puja Mantra

Pindaj pravraroodha chandkopastrakaryuta

Prasadam tanute mahaam chandraghanteti vishruta

(पिण्डज प्रवरारूढा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता।

प्रसादं तनुते मह्यम् चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥)

Stuti Mantra

Ya devi sarvabhooteshu man chadraghanta roopen sansthita

Namastasyay namastasyay namastasyay Namo Namha

(या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ चन्द्रघण्टा रूपेण संस्थिता।

नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥)

Meditation Mantra

Vande vanchitalabhaay chandraardhkritshekhraam

(वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।)

Sinharoodha chandraghanta yashaswineem

(सिंहारूढा चन्द्रघण्टा यशस्विनीम्॥)

Manipur sthitam tritiya durga trinetram

(मणिपुर स्थिताम् तृतीय दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्। )

Khang, gada, trishool, chapshar, pan kamandalu mala varabheetkaraam

(खङ्ग, गदा, त्रिशूल, चापशर, पद्म कमण्डलु माला वराभीतकराम्॥)

Pataambar paridhanan mriduhaasya nanalankaar bhooshitam

(पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्।)

Manjeer, haar, keyoor, kinkini, ratnakundal manditaam

(मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल मण्डिताम॥)

Prafull vandanaa bibadhaaraa kaant kapolaam tugam kuchaam

(प्रफुल्ल वन्दना बिबाधारा कान्त कपोलाम् तुगम् कुचाम्।)

Kamneeyan lavanyan ksheenkati nitambneem

((कमनीयां लावण्यां क्षीणकटि नितम्बनीम्॥))

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Aapdudhrinee tvanhi aadya shaktih shubhparaam

(आपदुध्दारिणी त्वंहि आद्या शक्तिः शुभपराम्।)

Animaadi siddhidaatree chandraghante pranmaamyaham

(अणिमादि सिद्धिदात्री चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥)

Chandramukhi isht datri ishtam mantra svaroopineem

(चन्द्रमुखी इष्ट दात्री इष्टम् मन्त्र स्वरूपिणीम्।)

Dhantatri, aananddaatri chandraghante pranmaamyaham

(धनदात्री, आनन्ददात्री चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥)

Nanaroopdharinee ichhamayi aishwaryadaayineem

(नानारूपधारिणी इच्छामयी ऐश्वर्यदायिनीम्।)

Sobhagyaarogyadaayini chandraghante pranmamyaham

(सौभाग्यारोग्यदायिनी चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥)

Maa Chandraghanta Aarti

Jai maa ChandraGhanta sukh dhaam

(जय माँ चन्द्रघंटा सुख धाम।)

Poorna keejo mere kaam

(पूर्ण कीजो मेरे काम॥)

Chandra samaaj tu sheetal daati

(चन्द्र समाज तू शीतल दाती।)

Chandra tej kirnon mein samati

(चन्द्र तेज किरणों में समाती॥)

Krodh ko shant banane wali

(क्रोध को शांत बनाने वाली।)

Meethe bol sikhane wali

(मीठे बोल सिखाने वाली॥)

Man ki maalak man bhaati ho

(मन की मालक मन भाती हो।)

ChandraGhanta tum var daati ho

(चंद्रघंटा तुम वर दाती हो॥)

Sundar bhaav ko laane wali

(सुन्दर भाव को लाने वाली।)

Har sankar mein bachane wali

(हर संकट में बचाने वाली॥)

Hat budhvar ko tujhe dhyay

(हर बुधवार को तुझे ध्याये।)

Shradha sahit to vinay sunay

(श्रद्दा सहित तो विनय सुनाए॥)

Moorti chandra aakar bnaye

(मूर्ति चन्द्र आकार बनाए।)

Sheesh jhuka kahe man ki bata

(शीश झुका कहे मन की बाता॥)

Poorna aas karo jagat data

(पूर्ण आस करो जगत दाता।)

Kanchipur sthan tumhara

(कांचीपुर स्थान तुम्हारा॥)

Karnatika mein maan tumhara

(कर्नाटिका में मान तुम्हारा।)

Naam mera ratu maharani

(नाम तेरा रटू महारानी॥)

Bhakt ki raksha karo bhavani

(भक्त की रक्षा करो भवानी।)

Wear yellow clothes during puja

Goddess ChandraGhanta should always be worshipped wearing yellow clothes. The reason for this stands to be Goddess's love for her ride- the lion, which is yellow.

Do Not Make These Mistakes In Navratri

  1. Do not offer tulsi leaves.
  2. None of the maa Chandraghanta images should have the lion roaring in it.
  3. Do not offer durva to the Goddess.
  4. Sow the Jaware, and do not leave the house empty if you have the Akhand Jyoti in the house.
  5. Keep a Diya to the left of every picture or sculpture of the Goddess.
  6. Keep the sewed Jaware to the right of Goddess's picture or sculpture.
  7. Always do the puja sitting on an aasan.
  8. The reason should be made of jute or woolen.

Always Keep These Things In Mind When You Keep A Fast During Navratri

  1. One should never get their beard, moustache, or hair trimmed if they've kept a fast for all nine days in Navratri. But, for a kid's head to be shaved, Navratri is an auspicious time.
  2. Nails shouldn't be trimmed during Navratri.
  3. If you're placing a Kalash, Jagaran, or Akhand Jyoti during Navratri, do not leave the house empty.
  4. Do not consume onion, garlic, or non-vegetarian food during Navratri.
  5. One should not wear black clothes if they've kept a fast for Navratri.
  6. One shouldn't be using anything made of leather in Navratri, like leather footwear, bags, or belt.
  7. If somebody's keeping a fast for Navratri, he/she should never be cutting a lemon.
  8. Grains of salt can't be consumed when somebody has kept a fast for Navratri. He/she should only consume buckwheat flour, Samari rice, water chestnut flour, Sago, rock salt, fruits, potatoes, nuts, and peanuts.
  9. According to Vishnu Puran, sleeping in the day, consuming tobacco, and indulging in a physical relationship does not yield all the fast results.

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