The third day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta who is the married form of the Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess Mahagauri started adorning her forehead with half Chandra and due to this Goddess Parvati was known as Goddess Chandraghanta.
Her vehicle is a tigress and carries Trishul, Gada, sword and Kamandal in her four left hands and a lotus, arrow Dhanush and Japa mala in her four right hands. She is ready to destroy the evil but also shows her devotees peace, love and prosperity. In Hindu mythology, it is said that during her battle with demons, the sound produced by her bell killed thousands of wicked monsters, and they were sent to the God of Death. Maa Chandraghanta is the married form of Goddess Parvati.
She stands for fearlessness and courage and is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika or Rannchandi. Lord shiva sees her as an example of beauty, charm and grace. The Goddess also governs the planet Shukra and helps maintain harmony in everyone’s life.
On this day, devotees get up early, take a bath and wear clean new clothes. The idol of Maa Chandraghanta is bathed in saffron, Ganga Jal and Kewar and the idol are placed on a wooden table. Then the idol is draped in golden cloth and offered yellow flowers, lotus, sweets, panchamrit and mishri. The colour that is auspicious on this day represents richness and peacefulness.
The Muhurat for this day will start at 2:28 AM and end at 1:27 AM on September 29. Rahu kalam will start from 3:12 PM to 4:42 PM.
ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥
Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥
पिण्डज प्रवरारूढा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता।
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यम् चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥
Pindaja Pravararudha Chandakopastrakairyuta।
Prasadam Tanute Mahyam Chandraghanteti Vishruta॥