Chandraghanta Puja during Navratri Celebration 2017:
Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form of Goddess Mahagauri, after getting married to Lord Shiva, when she started adorning her forehead with half-moon or Chandra. Thus, she is named as Goddess Chandraghanta. She is worshiped on the third Navratri as per lunar calendar during Sharad Navratri 2017.
She governs the planet Shukra. She mounts on the tigress and wears half-moon or Chandra on her forehead. The Chandra (half-moon) on her head looks like Ghanta (bell) and so she is called by the name of Chandra-Ghanta.
She depicts ten hands. In her four left hands, she holds Gada, Trishul, Kamandalu and Sword. Her fifth hand remains in Varadra Mudra. In her four right hands, she holds Lotus Flower, Rosary (Jap Mala), Arrow and Bow (Dhanush). Her fifth right hand remains in Abhaya Mudra. Her favourite flower is Jasmine.
Chandraghanta Goddess is a Goddess of peace and welfare for her devotees. With all her weapons in her hands, she is ready for the war. With the sound of moon-bell (Chandra-Ghanta ) on her forehead, all the devil spirits, obstacles remain away from her devotees.
Mantra for Chandraghanta Puja are:
(i) Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah (ॐ देवी चन्द्रघन्टायै नमः) 108 recitation should be done of this mantra
(ii) Pindaj Pravaarudh chandkopastrkairyuta | Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghanteti vishrutaa ||
(iii) Ati Soumyati Raudrayayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha, Namo Jagat Pratishthayayi Devyayi Krityayi Namo Namaha
Which means Oh Goddess Chandraghanta, who rides on Tigress, angry on enemies and devils, holds many weapons in her ten hands, please shower your divine blessings on me.
Jai Mata Di!! Shubh Navratri & Chandraghanta Puja 2017!!