Third day of Navratri Puja is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta. Maa Chandraghanta is the symbol of justice, strength and bravery. The third day of Navratri is very important as on this day the mind of the devotees enters into Manipura Chakra and they become capable of witnessing unearthly and divine things.
A crescent Moon is present on her head and because of its bell shape the goddess is known as Maa Chandraghanta. She rides on a lion and has ten hands and three eyes. Out of the ten hands, eight hands display weapons and the remaining two are for giving boon and stopping harm. The colour of Maa’s body is golden and she has a pleasant look and a roaring voice.
On this day devotees can feel the divine fragrance and can hear many divine sounds. The devotees will require to be most careful on this day.
The rituals performed on third day are the same as the other Navratri days. All the gods, goddesses, lord of the villages in the Kailash and planets are worshipped. Further worshipping of family members of the goddess: Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Vijaya, Jaya, Kartikey takes place. At last Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped. In the end Lord Shiva and Brahma Ji are also worshipped.
या देवी सर्वभूते षुमाँ चंद्रघंटारूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
भावार्थ: हे माँ! सर्वत्र विराजमान और चंद्रघंटा के रूप में प्रसिद्ध अम्बे, आपको मेरा बार-बार प्रणाम है| हे माँ, मुझे सब पापों से मुक्ति प्रदान करें।
Ya Devi Sarvbhoote Shumaa Chandra-Ghanta-Rupen Sansthita|
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah||
Meaning: I have joined hands in front of the supreme Goddess and I adore the goddess of a bell shaped moon on her forehead. Grant me forgiveness for all the bad deeds done by my in my life.
Another Mantra for Goddess Chandraghanta is given below. You may chant either of them. This one is less known as compared to the above one.
Pindah Pravarudha Chandkopastrakayurta|
Prasand Tnute Mahayam Chandraghanteti Vishruta||
Chandraghanta Beej Mantra
Om Aim Hreem Chandraghantya Namah||
Worshipping Maa Chandraghanta helps in burning all the sins and removes all the obstacles. Worshipping her is very fruitful and the worshipper becomes brave and fearless. He achieves fame, respect and glory.