Chandraghanta is the third form of Goddess Durga and she is invoked and worshipped on the third night of Navratri. Chandra means “Moon” and Ghanta means “bell”.

Her third eye is always open which depicts her complete awareness and she is forever ready to fight a war against the demons and evil forces.

She is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika or Rannchandi. She bestows bravery and courage to her devotees and with her grace we are able to fight our inner demons and move towards the divine consciousness. reward people with her grace, bravery and courage. People who are troubled with fear and anxiety find relief by worshipping Chandraganta.

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The mantra that you can chant to Honor Goddess Brahmacharini is
Aum Hrim Shri Chandraghanta Durgaye Namaha.

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The Legend

When Lord Shiva appeared in his aghora form wearing skulls as a garland during his marriage procession, Goddess Parvati’s mother faints as she is unable to comprehend the fact that her daughter will have to live with a person like this.

Chandraghanta persuaded Lord Shiva to re-appear in a charming form and Lord Shiva transforms himself into a charming prince adorned with jewels and precious stones. This brings a sigh of relief to Goddess Parvati’s family and they finally get married.

Chandraghanta has ten hands holding various weapons and She rides on a tiger or lion, which represents bravery and courage, she wears a half moon on her forehead and has a third eye in the middle of her forehead. Her complexion is golden and her form is a beautiful expression of beauty, charm and grace combined.

Chandraghanta is fearless and her form can send shivers to the evil forces at play. This shows that when provoked her charming beauty could become malevolent.

The hidden meaning of Chandraghanta as explained by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Chandra also signifies the various feelings or shades of emotions and thoughts (similar to the different phases of the waxing and waning moon).

Ghanta means a bell from which only one kind of sound arises. Do you ever hear multiple sounds from a bell? No matter how you play it, only one kind of sound comes from the bell. In the same way, when the mind that is scattered and entangled in different thoughts and emotions gets consolidated and established at one point (in the Divine), then it gives rise to the Divine energy within us which becomes one-pointed and rises upwards. This is what is meant by Chandraghanta. Her name literally means (The bell of the moon).

It means that state where the scattered mind becomes steady and consolidated towards one thing only. Do not run away from the mind, for the mind is also a form and manifestation of the Mother Divine. The Mother Divine is present even as sorrow, misery, hunger, and peace as well. The essence here is to take everything together – whether harmonious or unpleasant – as a collective whole, bringing all thoughts, emotions and sounds as one Naad (sound) like the sound a bell or a large gong makes. This is the meaning behind Devi’s name Chandraghanta, and the third day of Navratri is celebrated to honor this form of the Mother Divine.

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