Navratri’s Third Day: Rituals To Worship The Third Incarnation Of Durga “Maa Chandraghanta”

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‘Navratri’ is One of the biggest, holiest and most sacred festival of Hindus all over the world. While the festival is dedicated purely to the worship of Hindu deity Durga, while the word Navratri is basically a Sanskrit word and the meaning of this word is nine nights.

All the nine days are worshipped with nine different incarnations of Devi Durga and then the 10th day is commonly known as the Vijaydashmi or the Dussehra through the world with a very great festivities and celebrations. Today is the third day of the Navratri and is the day of Chandraghanta which is the third incarnation of Maa Durga:

maa-chandra-ghantaGoddess Chandraghanta is the goddess which is worshipped on the third day of Navratri. She is known as the married from the Goddess Parvati and after getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess Mahagauri started adorning her forehead with half Chandra and due to this Goddess Parvati was started to know as Goddess Chandraghanta.

This form of Goddess Parvati is very peaceful and is known for the welfare of her devotees. This is one of those forms in which Chandraghanta is ready for the any type of war with all her weapons. It is believed that the sound of the moon-bell on her forehead expel all type of spirits away from her devotees.

Goddess Chandraghanta mounts on the tigress and wears the semi-circular moon which is known as the Chandra on her forehead. While 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 and carries Trishul, Gada, Sword and Kamandal in her four left hands and keeps the fifth left hand in Varada Mudra. Devotees offer milk or Kheer on the third day of Navratra. All these days have a very important significance in the Hindu society History and the importance is also told very precisely in many Hindu scriptures.

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