Chandraganta Puja on Third day of Navrate
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Third day of Navrate - Chandraganta

The third Navratra is dedicated to the worship of Chandraghanta, the third manifestation of the energy of the goddess Durga. The ten armed goddess is seated upon a tiger and holds in her hand a set of incongruous objects, rang­ing from a lotus and kamandal to the weapons of warfare such as sword, mace and bow and arrow. Yet her demeanour and visage is one of extreme calm. And two of her hands are empty, folded in a mudra of meditation. But she derives her name from her most prominent ornament, a half moon shaped like a bell that adorns her fore- head.  

It is the clamorous sound of this instrument being rung like a bell that smites all evil beings such as demons and instills fear in their hearts. Nonetheless as a goddess she exemplifies calm and material well being. Her adornments are rich and signify material comfort. In a sense she is the goddess who rids our life of obstructions and evil energy.

The holder of the potent energy that is yet to be unleashed, she is also the bestower of courage upon her devotees. As a potent force and facet of the female energy, Chan­draghanta claims as her own the Manipur Chakra. Symbolised by a lotus with ten petals, this chakra is also known as the "nabhi" or navel chakra. The Manipur Chakra embodies the change or conversion from simplicity to complexity.

Mantra To chant on 3rd day of Navratre