Chandraghanta Mata - Navratri Third Day
By: Future Point | 12-Oct-2018Views : 1497
As the dates of Navratri as per Hindu month of Ashvin (October) 2018 is heading nearer and in many parts of the country the celebration is already undertaken in full glory. The Durga puja dates or in other words, Navratri Start date for 2018 from 10th October till 18th October 2018. Especially in the Eastern Parts of India, where Durga puja is undertaken with complete religious belief. Accordingly, the nine days are given much importance.
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In fact, the Mythology attached to understand Navratri is very important.
Why is Navratri celebrated?
As per Hindu Mythology, one of the fiercest daemons, Mahishasura undertook severe penance to obtain a boon that he cannot be killed by any male or male form of god. He undertook the great penance to please lord Brahma and was blessed with the boon.
However, underestimating at his own cost the power of the female or a female goddess form, he started creating havoc everywhere. He considered himself to be invincible. He even dared to attach Dev-loka, the abode of Lord Indra, and took all the beautiful apsaras, into his captive. His lust for power had no end which made all the god to worship the Shakti form of Adi-Shakti or goddess Parvati.
To stop him, Goddess Shakti took a very beautiful form of Goddess Durga. She was so pretty, that she could easily seduce Mahishasura with her charming beauty. On one occasion she told him that she would marry him if he defeats her in a battle. It is believed that they battled for 9 days, and on the 10th day, Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura. Therefore the 10th day is called Vijayadashami day, which means the day of victory. Thus, during Navratri one of the most famous idols that we see in temples depicts this scene where Mahishasura, in the form of a half bull, is being slayed by Mother Durga.
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Thus, the mythology has great significance even today and Hindus celebrate Navratri accordingly. In fact, as mentioned in the mythology, the battel between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura lasted for 9 days, on each day, Goddess Durga took different forms of energy to battle the Asura. Thus, accordingly Goddess Durga took the form of Mother Chandraghanta Mata. Here goddess Durga is represented as 10-armed mother riding a lion, she adores a bell-shaped (ghanta) moon (chandra), and is slayer of evil forces.
Again, she is a symbol of peace, serenity and prosperity, Mata Chandraghanta has three eyes and ten hands holding ten types of swords, weapons and arrows. She establishes justice and gives her devotees the courage and strength to fight challenges.
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It is believed that one who is able to chant the Mantra to Mata Chandraghanta then they are sure to benefit the above benefits.
पिण्डज प्रवरारुढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्र कैर्युता |
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्र घंष्टेति विश्रुता ||
Piṇḍaja pravarāruṛhā caṇḍakōpāstra kairyutā |
Prasādaṁ tanutē mahyaṁ candra ghanṣṭēti viśrutā ||
Along with the above mantra, the following Puja Vidhi should be undertaken:
- - Atma Puja should be first performed on this day.
- - Apply Tilak and offer Archana to the idol of the goddess.
- - Once done, then the native should undertake Sankalpa.
- - Then the goddess is Avahaned which means invoked.
- - Further, Paadhaya is performed, which means offering water.
- - Then Achaman is performed, where Camphor is lit.
- - Offering Milk, Ghee to the Goddess in a bowl as if it is part of Achaman. Some even abhishek the same on goddess Gurga idol.
- - Then Vastra is offered in the form of Saree.
- - Finally, Chandan and Kumkum is offered to the Goddess and then the same is distributed to the audience.
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Thus native who would follow the day with complete religious belief is assured to achieve the blessings and protection of Mata Chandraghanta.
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