Maa Chandraghanta, Story, Mantra
Maa Chandraghanta – Third form of Maa Durga Worshiped on 3rd Navratri
Maa Chandraghanta is the third Shakti of Maa Durga. Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped on the third day of Navrti Pooja. Those who worship Devi Chandraghanta get eternal strength and be blessed by Devi Maa to be happy through out one’s life.
Maa Chandraghanta is one Who establishes justice and wears crescent moon on Her head. Because of this bell shaped mark of moon which is present on the fore head of Maa Chandraghanta, Maa is known as Chandraghanta. The colour of her body is golden, she rides on lion who descrides “dharma”, possesses ten hands and three eyes, eight of Her hands display weapons while the remaining two are respectively in the mudras of gestures of boon giving and stopping harm. Devi Maa is posed as to be ready for war. “Chandra Ghanta” meaning supreme bliss and knowledge, showering peace and serenity, like cool breeze in a moonlit night. By her blessings all the hindrances coming in way of a person are removed. Her pleasant looks clears all sorrows and sadness of her devotees. Her roaring voice alerts and makes the Demons to tremble.
In Durga Pooja the third day of Navratri is very important in Navaratri. This day the mind of the sadhak enters Manipura Cakra. At this stage by the grace of Maa Chandraghanta he becomes capable of seeing unearthly and divine things. He smells the divine fragrance and many types of divine sound become audible to him. On this day and in this stage of discipline the sadhak is required to be most careful.
By the grace of Mother Chandraghanta all sins of the sadhak (striver) are burnt up and obstacles removed. Her worship is instantly fruitful. She is always in a gesture as if ready to proceed for the battlefield and thus she removes the difficulties of devotees very promptly. Her vehicle is lion and so her worshiper becomes valorous and fearless like a lion. The sound of her bell always protects her devotees from evil spirits. As soon as the sadhak invokes her, her bell immediately becomes active and starts ringing to protect the devotee under her shelter.
Even though she keeps her always busy in killing and suppressing the wicked, yet to her devotees and worshipers she looks most serene, gentle and peaceful. A very good quality that is developed in her devotees who worship her, is-the striver cultivates bravery and fearlessness accompanied by serenity and humility. His face, eyes and the entire body gets effulgent. His voice becomes divinely sweet. Wherever the devotee worshiper of mother Chandraghanta go, they disperse peace and blessings among the people. From the body of such a striver there always takes place an invisible radiation of divinely lighted atoms. This divine action is beyond the perceiving capacity of physical eyes but the striver himself and his associates go on experiencing this fact every now and then. Bypurifying his mind, words, deeds and body through prescribed manner we should worship the mother Chandraghanta and take shelter under her feet. Through worshiping her we can get rid of all worldly sorrows, and attain the supreme goal spontaneously. We should always try to advance on the path of spiritual discipline by contemplating on the sacred image of the mother. Contemplating on her, we can attain the mundane perfection and ultimate good in the other world.
DeviChandraghanta Ma is known and named Chandraghanta or Chandra-Khanda for the semi-circular moon (Chandra) which appears like a bell (Ghanta) on her forehead. Durga is also worshipped as Ashtamukhi and Shorashi in different parts of India on this day. She is depicted as having three eyes and ten hands holding with ten types of swords – etc. weapons and arrows etc. and is seated on a lion (in some photos on a tiger) and shown as ready for going to war. She is the image of bravery. The frightful sound of her bell terrifies all villains and demonic incarnations. She is also the giver of supreme knowledge and bliss and is depicted as having golden skin with the half circular moon on her forehead, glowing. Her ten hands hold……… She is worshipped in this form in Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) India.Srisailam Devasthanam also is a temple of Ma Chandraghanta.A very popular legend associated with Ma Chandraghanta is the story of Raja Harischandra her devotee.
Om sarva mangal mangalye shive sarvarath sadhike,Sharanye triambake gauri narayani namostute.
Chandraghanta devi sits on a tiger, and radiates a golden hue. She manifests ten hands and three eyes. Eight hands display weapons while the remaining two are giving blessings and protection. Special benediction: bliss, knowledge, peace and serenity, growtrh of all activities, purpose of life. She is worshiped in this form in Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) India. We see expansion of red energies with pink lightning flashes going directly to the spinal column to strengthen to all activities, activate root chakra (mooladhara); activating birth/growth of new activities; opening of the heart chakra begins. Semicircular spiral energies of navy blue create movement in the spiritual and material zone for all auspicious, karma-freeing work. As you pray and meditate, there will be a feeling of satisfaction as all solar plexus chakras are being freed from greed. Beautiful droplets of nectar are replacing the poison as the uncoiling serpents are sucking it away.o Offering: Three bananas in the morning, light a candle morning-evening, accept and share banana prasadam with others. Mentally offer all fragrant flowers, fruits, gems, clothing. Send all the negative thoughts to the center of the earth, as all energy today will bring power to the lower limbs. Remember to offer something to mother earth – milk, money, water, fertilizer.
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता
भगवती दुर्गा अपने तीसरे स्वरूप में चन्द्रघण्टा नाम से जानी जाती हैं। नवरात्र के तीसरे दिन इन्हीं के विग्रह का पूजन किया जाता है। इनका रूप परम शांतिदायक और कल्याणकारी है। इनके मस्तक में घंटे के आकार का अर्धचन्द्र है। इसी कारण से इन्हें चन्द्रघंटा देवी कहा जाता है। इनके शरीर का रंग स्वर्ण के समान चमकीला हैं। इनके दस हाथ हैं। इनके दसों हाथों में खड्ग, बाण अस्त्र – शस्त्र आदि विभूषित हैं। इनका वाहन सिंह है। इनकी मुद्रा युद्ध के लिए उद्यत रहने की होती है। इनके घंटे सी भयानक चण्ड ध्वनि से अत्याचारी दानव-दैत्य-राक्षस सदैव प्रकम्पित रहते हैं। नवरात्रे के दुर्गा-उपासना में तीसरे दिन की पूजा का अत्याधिक महत्व है। माता चन्द्रधण्टा की उपासना हमारे इस लोक और परलोक दोनों के लिए परमकल्याणकारी और सद् गति को देने वाली है।
वन्दे वाच्छित लाभाय चन्द्रर्घकृत शेखराम्।
सिंहारूढा दशभुजां चन्द्रघण्टा यशंस्वनीम्॥
कंचनाभां मणिपुर स्थितां तृतीयं दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।
खड्ग, गदा, त्रिशूल, चापशंर पद्म कमण्डलु माला वराभीतकराम्॥
पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्यां नानालंकार भूषिताम्।
मंजीर हार, केयूर, किंकिणि, रत्नकुण्डल मण्डिताम्॥
प्रफुल्ल वंदना बिबाधारा कांत कपोलां तुग कुचाम्।
कमनीयां लावाण्यां क्षीणकटिं नितम्बनीम्॥
आपद्धद्धयी त्वंहि आधा शक्ति: शुभा पराम्।
अणिमादि सिद्धिदात्री चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यीहम्॥
चन्द्रमुखी इष्ट दात्री इष्ट मंत्र स्वरूपणीम्।
धनदात्री आनंददात्री चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
नानारूपधारिणी इच्छामयी ऐश्वर्यदायनीम्।
सौभाग्यारोग्य दायिनी चन्द्रघण्टे प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
रहस्यं श्रणु वक्ष्यामि शैवेशी कमलानने।
श्री चन्द्रघण्टास्य कवचं सर्वसिद्धि दायकम्॥
बिना न्यासं बिना विनियोगं बिना शापोद्धारं बिना होमं।
स्नान शौचादिकं नास्ति श्रद्धामात्रेण सिद्धिकम॥
कुशिष्याम कुटिलाय वंचकाय निन्दकाय च।
न दातव्यं न दातव्यं न दातव्यं कदाचितम्॥
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