Navratri: Day 3 Significance and Celebrations


Chandraghanta is the third form of Goddess Durga. Her name Chandra-Ghanta, means "one who has a half-moon shaped like a bell". The bell smites all evil demons and instills fear in their hearts.  She is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika or Rannchandi. 

Story behind Lord Shiva wearing Crescent on his Head

She is the bestower of peace and serenity. She showers Supreme bliss and knowledge on her devotees. Chandraghanta is peaceful and is believed to be there for the welfare of her devotees. It is also believed that the sound of the moon shaped bell on her forehead, wards of evil spirits from her devotees. By riding a tiger she inspires Her devotees to be fearless.

By worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta one gets rid of all the worldly sorrows and attains supreme spiritual bliss. Her complexion resembles the gold and she rides a lion. She has ten arms and three eyes.

The puja should be concluded by worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta followed by a heartfelt prayer to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.

The color for the third day of Navratra is white. One should prefer wearing white color on this day.

In order to appease Maa Chandraghanta, one should offer her milk, sweets and kheer. She fulfills all the wishes of a devout and provides relief from worldly pains.

According to the Hindu mythology there is a story behind the origin or Chandraghanta which is depicted below:

After Lord Shiva gave Parvati his word that he would not marry any woman, her sufferings overwhelmed him so much that he gave up, followed by a tearful reunion and then agrees to marry her. Soon, the joyous moment of Parvati's life comes. Shiva brings a procession of gods, mortals, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, sages, ascetics, Aghoris and Shivaganas to the gates of King Himavan's palace to take away his bride Parvati, on the occasion of his remarriage. Shiva arrives at King Himavan's palace in a terrorizing form and Parvati's mother Maina Devi faints in terror. Parvati appears to Shiva and sees his fearsome form, so to save her parents and other family members she transforms herself into Goddess Chandraghanta.

Chandraghanta persuaded Shiva to re-appear in a charming form. On listening to the Goddess, Shiva appears as a prince decorated with countless jewels. Parvati revived her mother, father and friends then Shiva and Parvati get married and made promises to one another

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