Chaitra Navratri Day 3 - Get Blessed by Goddess Chandraghanta

Appease Maa Chandraghanta and seek her blessings! Third day of Navratri holds great importance and is dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta, third form (Avatar) of Maa Durga. Devotees will fast today with unwavering zeal and devotion to appease this deity. Know the glory of Maa Chandraghanta and Puja Vidhi to seek her blessings on this auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri.



Maa Chandraghanta - Deity of Serenity & Peace


Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form of Maa Parvati who symbolizes calmness and tranquility. She is also the third form of Maa Durga and represents courage and bravery. After getting married to Lord Shiva, she adorned half-moon on her forehead that shapes like a bell, hence her name Chandraghanta. She is also known by the name of Chandika, Chandrakhanda and Rannchandi. Her third eye always remain open and she is the ultimate warrior who destroys evil and end sufferings of her devotees.


Gracious Aura of Maa Chandraghanta


Goddess Chandraghanta showers people with positivity and wards off the evil from their lives. The divine aura of this deity also makes a person peaceful and calm. She possesses 10 hands and 3 eyes (Trinetra), and mounts a tigress. Goddess Chandraghanta holds trident, mace, sword and Kamandal in each left hand, and the fifth hand is in Varada Mudra. In her four right hands, she holds a lotus, arrow, bow and Japa Mala and keeps her fifth hand in Abhaya Mudra. This Mudra portrays that she is brave, courageous and ready to face any challenge along with bestowing the mankind with her blessings. Her ferocious warrior form is seen only while fighting against demons. She blesses her devotees with spiritual bliss, knowledge, peace and prosperity as well.

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Puja Vidhi for worshipping Maa Chandraghanta


Worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta is done on the third day of Navaratri. This day people perform fasts to appease her. The Goddess rewards people with her grace, bravery and courage and eliminates all their sins, physical & mental sufferings, spiritual hurdles and so on. Puja Vidhi for worshipping Maa Chandraghanta is as follows:

  • First, worship the Kalash and the gods, goddesses, pilgrimage/village/city deities, and the nine planets in it. 
  • After that, offer prayers to Maa Chandraghanta. Take a flower in your hand and ruminate the name of the Goddess. 
  • Perform Panchopchar by offering red flowers, Akshat, Kumkum and vermilion to the Goddess. 
  • Sing Aarti and bhajans, and pray to the goddess for forgiveness while burning ghee/camphor. 
  • Chant this mantra while worshipping Maa Chandraghanta…
Piṇḍaja pravarāruṛhā caṇḍakōpāstra kairyutā |
prasādaṁ tanutē mahyaṁ candra ghanṣṭēti viśrutā ||

Importance of Navratri Day 3


The third day of Chaitra Navratri holds prime importance for Yogis. On this day the mind of a Yogi or Sadhak (a Seeker) enters into Manipura Chakra, which enables them to see unearthly and divine things. With blessings of Maa Chandraghanta, a seeker becomes capable of smelling divine and sacred fragrances, and may even hear various spiritual sounds. However, they must be careful and attentive while in this stage of discipline.

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Sindoor Tritiya


Sindoor Tritiya is a ritual that is performed and celebrated on the third day of Navratri. The festival is associated with sindoor (Vermilion) and is performed by married women. As Goddess Chandraghanta symbolizes the married form of Maa Parvati, so married women celebrate this occasion as Sowbhagya Teej or Gauri Teej. The ritual is of great significance in North India and is celebrated with lots of zeal, enthusiasm and happiness.

AstroSage wishes all our readers a very happy Chaitra Navratri and prays that Goddess Chandraghanta enriches your life with her heavenly blessings.

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