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Chaitra Navratri Day 3 – History, Facts About Chandraghanta Maa & Her Temple

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The sacred occasion of Chaitra Navratri started on 2nd April 2022. On the third day of this festival, that is on the 4th of April, the third incarnation of Durga, Goddess Chandraghanta Devi is worshiped. As her name suggests, Chandraghanata refers to a half-moon shaped like a bell. She is known for her strength and valor. Read on to know Chandraghanta Mata story and some amazing facts about Chandraghanta maa.

Chandraghanta Devi 

Chandraghanta Devi is the married form of Mata Parvati. She is known for her strength and valor. Always ready for battles, she has destroyed many demons during wars. She can take ferocious forms for the betterment of society. Devotees pray to her for her bravery, in return, she blesses her bhakts with the strength to remove all obstacles from their paths. She is known to remove all mental worries, sins, and pains. 

Goddess Chandraghanta - Puja - Paintings & Prints, Ethnic, Cultural, &  Tribal, Asian & Indian, Indian - ArtPal

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Chandraghanta Maa Story

Born as Sati in her previous life, Chandraghanta Devi was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Sati prayed to Lord Shiva and married her. However, her father was not happy with their union and insulted Lord Shiva. Mata Sati felt humiliated by this and gave her life by jumping into the fire of a Yagya.

In her next life, Sati was born as Parvati, a daughter of the mountains, and came to be known as Shailaputri. She offered lots of prayers and meditations, observed severe penance and dedication, and thus came to be known as Maa Bhramacharini. She was then blessed that she would marry Lord Shiva. 

Chandraghanta maa temple in varanasi

There was a joyful mood everywhere and marriage preparations were being done. On the day of the marriage, Lord Shiva came in a very strange and eerie form.  All the relatives and guests of Devi were horrified at seeing such a strange form of Shiva. Ghosts, goblins spirits, aghoris were all parts of Shiva’s form. There were snakes around his body and in his hair too. His whole body was smeared with ash. 

Devi became worried that Lord Shiva and her guests would be embarrassed to see such a thing. She then took an equally terrorizing form and came to be known as Chandraghanta Devi. Chandraghanta Devi then pleaded with Lord Shiva to take a gentle form so that the marriage procession could take place. Lord Shiva agreed and finally, they were married.

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Why Is Chandraghanta Devi Worshiped On The 3rd Day?

By the third day of the holy festival of Navratri, the minds of the devotees reach the  ‘Manipura’ chakra or the navel chakra, which is the third chakra according to the Vedas. Goddess Chandraghanta is believed to reside in the Manipura chakra. She symbolizes taking charge of emotions, especially wild ones like anger. She represents a conscience that is unaffected by fear.

Navratri 2020 (Day 3) – The Story of Maa Chandraghanta

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10 Facts About Chandraghanta Maa

  1. She has ten hands, the tenth hand is in Abhaya Mudra to bless her devotees
  2. The other nine hands are for weapons and objects which include Trishul, Lotus, Gada, Kamandal, Sword, Bow, Arrow, Japa Mala
  3. As her name suggests she has a half-moon shaped like a bell on her forehead 
  4. Chandraghanta Devi is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika, or Ranachandi
  5. Devi’s vehicle is a tiger
  6. She is compassionate toward her devotees and feared by her enemies.
  7. She has a golden complexion 
  8. Chandraghanta Devi has a third eye on her forehead, which always remains open.
  9. The sound of the bell on her head is known to scare away spirits and demons from the life of her devotees.
  10. Chandraghanta Devi is believed to govern the planet Shukra.
नवरात्रि- शांति की देवी चंद्रघंटा (Navratri- Devi Chandraghanta)

How To Do Puja On The Third Day Of Navratri

The puja starts with devotees washing the feet of the idol of Chandraghanta Devi using the holy water of the Ganges. Saffron water or floral water is also used. The idol of Devi is then wrapped in golden clothes. She is then offered a lotus flower, sweets, panchamrit and mishri.

Devi Mantra And Color

The color for Goddess Chandraghanta, navratri day 3 is gray, which stands for the defeat of evil. The dhyan mantra to be enchanted during the puja of Chandraghanta Devi is:

Pindaj Pravara Rudha Chand Kopastra Keyurta |

Prasadam Tanute Maham Chandra Ghanteti Vishruta ||

Facts About Chandraghanta Temple

  1. The Chandraghanta temple is located in Varanasi.
  2. It is believed that bathing in the Chitra Koop washes away all the sins of devotees, no matter how many sins a devotee has committed, whether he has abandoned the path of faith, his name will never be mentioned in the books of Chitragupta and he will not face Yamayatna
  3. The timings of the temple are  06.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and  6.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.
  4. Devotees can book their prasad online by paying 150 -11,000 rupees
  5. The temple is made of white marble and offers a spectacular view of nature
  6. Devotees who see divine visions and see spectacular sounds are said to be blessed  by maa
Navaratri Devi 3 - Chandraghanta - Navaratri Devi 3 - Chandraghanta Poem by  Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

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Significance Of Navratri Day 3

The puja of Chandraghanta Devi signifies that the devotees should remove all their fears from their hearts and live fearless. At the same time, they should be compassionate towards their loved ones. Besides, worshiping Chandraghanta Devi helps in keeping negative energies at bay and instilling a positive environment in your homes.


If you are a bhakt of Maa Parvati, make sure you do the puja with the vidhi and chant the mantra of Chandraghanta Devi. Wishing you a shubh Navratri!

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