The third day of Navaratri is dedicated to the Goddess Chandraghanta. In the year 2017, the 23rd of September will be celebrated as the third day of Navaratri, which is the day of Chandraghanta pooja.
The forms of the mother Goddess in the first two days of the Navaratri festival depicts grace and piety. They are peaceful and patient. But the Goddess Chandraghanta differs to them in this aspect. The form of the Goddess Chandraghanta is more ferocious and terrifying. The Goddess is benevolent to the devotees and is forever ready to protect them. In the form of Goddess Chandraghanta, the Goddess is forever battle ready to provide shelter to her devotees and to destroy the evil and wicked.
Today, we shall take a look at the rules and rituals that help in performing a successful Chandraghanta pooja.
The meaning of Goddess Chandraghanta
The Goddess Chandraghanta is loving and caring to her devotees but at the same time is ever ready to protect them from evil. The word Chandraghanta is derived from the fact that she wears a half moon on her forehead. The half moon had adorned her forehead ever since her marriage to Lord Shiva. She also carries a Ghanta or a bell. This acts as a warning to those who harm or hurt her devotees. She rings the bell with a resounding sound which can be heard both by her devotees and the followers of evil. The sound offers hope and reassurance to her devotees and instills fear in the hearts of those who perform evil deeds.
The time to perform the Chandraaghanta pooja
This pooja is to be performed on the tritiya tithi.
Why is this pooja performed?
The pooja helps in removing any kind of obstacles that you may have. If you are haunted by the demons of life you can ask Goddess Chandraghanta for help. The Goddess Chandraghanta is bravery personified. She is also the representative of ferociousness and courage. When a devotee worships the Goddess Chandraghanta, he/she is blessed with qualities of bravery, courageousness and valor. When a family prays to the Goddess, she blesses them with peace happiness and the promise of protection in the face of danger.
Rules of performing the pooja
- Make sure that the area in which the pooja is to be performed is clean and tidy.
- Make sure that you have cleansed yourself and are done with your daily ablutions.
- Wear clean and fresh clothes before performing the pooja. The colour white is the preferred colour on the third day of Navaratri. So, wearing white colours are thought to be auspicious.
- Offer flowers that are white in colour like jasmine.
- The most preferred bhog to offer to the Goddess Chandraghanta is milk, kheer and sweets that are made out of milk and milk products.
The vidhi of performing the Pooja
It is important that you have a clean mind that is bent on the worship of the Goddess Chandraghanta.
Perform the Atma Pooja
This is a pooja that is dome for the self purification. For this you can take a little water in your palm and pray to the Goddess to help you with the successful fulfillment of the pooja.
Tilak and Aachaman
Use sandalwood and kumkum to put a tilak on your forehead. Take some water in your palm and drink it.
Take some more water in your palm and make a promise of completion of this pooja in front of the Goddess. If you are performing this pooja with a particular wish n mind, you can say it now.
Asvahana and aasan
Offer flowers and invite the Goddess into your home and into the area of worship. Offer her a seat and ask her to kindly accept your worship.
Now offer water to the Goddess's feet.
Now offer water that has edible camphor mixed in it to the Goddess.
Now use cow's milk to bathe the Goddess or in other words, the Kalash that has established on the first day.
Gritha Snan and Madhu Snan
Use Ghee and honey to perform the abhisheka.
Shakkara and Panchamrit Snan
Use sugar and the panchammrit to perform the abhisheka.
When the ceremonial bathing is over, offer the goddess clothes to wear. White is the preffered colour today.
Chandan and kumkum
Offer sandalwood and kumkum to the Goddess. Use them to apply a tilak on the Goddesses' forhead.
Other things to offer
Offer kajal, bilwapatra, dhruvapatra to the Goddess.
Lamp and incense
Now light a lamp that uses Ghee and offer the Dhoop or incense to the Goddess Chandraghanta.
Offer the prasad that you have prepared to the Goddess.
Perform aarti to the Goddess and also chant mantras that are dedicated to the Mother Goddess.
Mantras for Chandraghanta pooja
Om Aim HreemChandraghantayNamah ||
Om Devi ChandraghantayayiNamah(108 times)