The third day of Navratri is dedicated to a specific form of the Goddess Adi Shakti. On this day the Chandraghanta avatar of NavDurga is worshipped. Chandraghanta Devi is called the Goddess of spiritual and internal power. People who have unnecessary enemies and severe obstacles in life should worship the Goddess to set themselves free.
Goddess Parvati is the wife to the almighty Lord Shiva. After a marriage Lord Shiva adorned the Goddesses forehead with a Chandra made from chandan. This is the reason due to which she is known as Chandraghanta. Basically the married form of Goddess Parvati is worshipped on this day.
It is believed that she removes the problems and little demons of life. She has ten arms and three eyes, with Shiva’s crescent moon on her forehead. She has golden complexion and is ready for war. She wears a mala of bells which terrifies demons, as they attempt the silencing of bells, of articulation. She rides a tiger and protects her devotees, gives peace and bestows ultimate good.She holds a Gong (big bell) and adorned with half moon on head.
Chandraghanta Puja is performed on the Tritiya Tithi (Navratri Day 3). On this chaitra navratri, this auspicious puja falls on Monday, 8th April 2019.
Atma Pooja: Puja done for self-purification
Tilak and Aachman: Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.
Sankalpa: Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.
Aavahana and Aasan: Offer flowers
Paadhya: Offer water to the Devi’s charan.
Aachman: Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.
DugdhaSnan: Offer cow milk for bathing
Ghrita and Madhusnan: Offer ghee and honey for bathing
Sharkara and Panchamritsnan: Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.
Vastra: Offer sari or cloth to wear.
Chandan: Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.
Kumkum, Kajal, Druvapatra and Bilwapatra, Dhoopa and Deepam
Must read: Navratri mantras for all nine days
Om Aim Hreem Chandraghantay Namah ||
Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah(108 times)
Pindaj Pravaarudhchandkopastrkairyuta |
Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghantetivishrutaa ||