Maa Chandraghanta – The goddess who mounts on the tigress

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ चंद्रघंटा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
पिंडजप्रवरारुढ़ा चन्दकोपास्त्रकैर्युता !
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चन्द्रघंटेति विश्रुता !!

The third day of Navratri festival is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta, the third incarnation of Maa Durga. The third day of navratri is of great importance as the devotees get the peace of mind and witness the divine things.

When we talk about Devi Chandraghanta, she has ten hands and three eyes. Since the moon is bell shaped the Goddess is known by the name of Chandraghanta. She holds weapons in her eight hands and the other two hands are for giving blessings and stopping the evil forces from causing harm to the devotees. Devi Chandraghanta is golden in color, which gives her pleasant look. She rides a Lion and she has a roaring voice. Goddess Chandraghanta mounts on the tigress. She wears the semi-circular moon (Chandra) on her forehead. The half-moon on her forehead looks like the bell (Ghanta) and because of that she is known as Chandra-Ghanta. She is depicted with ten hands. Goddess Chandraghanta carries Trishul, Gada, Sword and Kamandal in her four right hands and keeps the fifth right hand in Varada Mudra. She carries lotus flower, Arrow, Dhanush and Japa Mala in her four left hands and keeps the fifth left hand in Abhaya Mudra.


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