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Navratri 2017 day three: How to worship the third form of Goddess Durga: Chandraghanta

Saturday is the third day of Navratri when devotees worship the Goddess as Chandraghanta.

art and culture Updated: Sep 23, 2017 08:42 IST
Goddess Chandraghanta blesses devotees with fame and power.
Goddess Chandraghanta blesses devotees with fame and power.

Saturday is the third day of Navratri when devotees worship the Goddess as Chandraghanta. The name comes from the half moon that sits on her head and looks like a bell (ghanta). The figure of this goddess has ten hands and she holds weapons in them.

Goddess Chandraghanta blesses devotees with fame and power. Different regions of the country have different ways of worshiping the Goddess and performing the rituals. Here, we talk about the traditions that originated near Banaras.

How to worship Chandraghanta Devi:

Goddess Chandraghanta loves jasmine flowers and they are offered in the puja. Sindoor, kheer and cow milk are also offered to her. It is followed by offering puja to Shiva. Devotees also recite the mantra ‘Om Ayam hreem Chandraghantaya namah’. Devotees also recite the Durga Saptashati after offering the puja.

Best time for the pooja:

Tritiya is the entire day on Saturday but the best time for puja is early morning.

Mythological story around Chandraghanta:

Goddess Chandraghanta is a form of Devi, ready for the war with all her weapons. It is believed that the sound of the moon-bell on her forehead expels all type of spirits away from her devotees.

What to eat and wear:

Grey is Devi’s favourite colour, so devotees should eat grey-coloured food and wear red clothes.

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