Chandraghanta - The Third Form of Mother Durga
Maa Chandraghanta is the third Shakti of Maa Durga.
Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped on the third day of Navratri Pooja. Those who worship Devi Chandraghanta get eternal strength and be blessed by Devi Maa to be happy throughout one’s life.
Maa Chandraghanta is The one who establishes justice and wears crescent moon on Her head.
Because of this bell-shaped mark of moon which is present on the forehead of Maa Chandraghanta, Maa is known as Chandraghanta.
The colour of her body is golden, she rides on lion who describes “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 clear 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 Chakra. 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 sounds 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 a 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.