Category: Navratri

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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Maa Shailaputi Mantra Meditation

शैलपुत्री मंत्र ध्यान  : 
वन्दे वांछितलाभाय चन्द्रर्धकृत शेखराम्।
वृशारूढ़ा शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्वनीम्॥
पूणेन्दु निभां गौरी मूलाधार स्थितां प्रथम दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्॥
पटाम्बर परिधानां रत्नाकिरीटा नामालंकार भूषिता॥
प्रफुल्ल वंदना पल्लवाधरां कातंकपोलां तुग कुचाम्।
कमनीयां लावण्यां स्नेमुखी क्षीणमध्यां नितम्बनीम्॥

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Which form of Goddess for the first day of Navratri?

वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम्‌ ||

Shailputri Puja – 13 October 2015 (Tuesday)

During Navratri, people from villages and cities gather to perform ‘puja’ on small shrines representing different aspects of Goddess Durga, including Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. Chanting of mantras and renditions of bhajans and folk songs usually accompany the puja rituals for nine consecutive days of Navratri. The first form of Maa Durga known as “Shailputri”. Goddess Durga was born in the house of King of Mountains “Parvat Raj Himalaya”, so she is called “Shailputri” maens the daughter of mountain. In the Navratra festival the worshiping Mother Goddess has a half moon in her forehead & she is holding a trident in her right hand & lotus flower in her left hand. she rides on mount Nandi a bull.


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What is the significance of nine holy days in India? The Navaratri adoration.

The Hindu Festival, Navratri, Nava meaning nine, and Ratri meaning nights, is typically observed in the fall between the months of September and October, although specific dates are determined in accordance to the lunar calendar and can vary each year. In some parts of India, a Navaratri festival is celebrated in the spring as well as the fall (Fuller) and is a nine night, ten day festival, in which the Mother Goddess and her various forms are celebrated each day .

During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped, signify various traits that the goddess influences us with Navratri. This festival is observed in most parts of India, particularly in northern India, eastern and western India, although the nine Devis worshiped during this time period depend on the tradition of the region in which the festival is being celebrated (Navratri). Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga.Chanting of mantras and renditions of bhajans and folk songs usually accompany the puja rituals for nine consecutive days of Navratri. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga (Warrior Goddess) dressed in red and mounted on a lion. Her various incarnations – Kumari, Parvati and Kali – are worshiped during these days. Women, especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat, adorn themselves with 9 different colors which are allocated to each day of Navratri.

The color of the day is decided on the weekday. Each weekday is ruled by one the planets or Navgrahas and accordingly colors are assigned to each day. These nine days are a reminder to be a good sadhak (seeker).Nevertheless, the focal point of every garba circle is the small Goddess shrine erected by each community to mark the beginning of the festival, on the first day of the Hindu month of Ashwin. Consequently, within each region various styles of the Navratri Festival are practiced and ritualized . However, the central, unifying goal of this observance is to “propitiate Shakti, the Goddess in Her aspect as Power, to bestow upon man all wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge, and all other potent powers”. Navaratri celebrates the defeat of the buffalo-demon Mahisasura by the Great Goddess, Devi or Shakti.

In this myth, Mahisasura had preformed severe penances in order to win the favor of the deity Brahma. In doing so, he was granted the blessing of invincibility against all males . Viewing women as a non-threat, Mahisasura saw himself as immortal and so began to wreak havoc in the heavens and on earth . “Mahisasura soon ousted the gods from the heavens and  to destroy the order of the universe. The earthen pot is symbol of human body and the lighten lamp inside signifies the divine soul. The festival which is devoted to the Mother Goddess known variously as Durga, Kali, Bhavani, Amba, and Chandika, has been celebrated in its most unique and different nature in various parts of India and abroad with devotional songs, bhajans and cultural programs with the world renowned Garba or Dandiya Raas in the state of Gujarat.


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