The third day of Navratri is dedicated to a specific form of the Goddess Adi Shakti. On this day the Chandraghanta avatar of the Goddess 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.
This is performed on the TritiyaTithi. 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.
Puja done for self-purification
Tilak and Aachman
Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.
Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.
Aavahana and Aasan
Offer water to the Devi’s charan.
Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.
Offer cow milk for bathing
Ghrita and Madhusnan
Offer ghee and honey for bathing
Sharkara and Panchamritsnan
Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.
Offer sari or cloth to wear.
Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.
Kumkum, Kajal, Druvapatra and Bilwapatra
Dhoopa and Deepam
Aarti & MantraMaa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri
Om Aim HreemChandraghantayNamah ||
Om Devi ChandraghantayayiNamah(108 times)