The third manifestation of Goddess Durga is Devi Chandraghanta. She has a ‘Chandra’ or half moon on her forehead in the shape of a ‘Ghanta’ or bell and therefore is addressed as ‘Chandraghanta’. She personifies peace, serenity and prosperity in life of her devotees. The goddess has a golden colour skin and reflects a charming bright personality. Having three eyes and ten hands holding ten types of swords, weapons and arrows, she is frequently depicted seated on a Lion. She is the advocator of bravery and possesses great strength to fight in the battle against demons as the dreadful sound of her bell terrifies all the demons and danavas and keeps the negative energy away. It repels all the troubles from the devotee’s life. The saints are contented with her looks and worship her with the chant of mantras.
Devi Chandraghanta blesses her devotees and followers to achieve respect, fame and glory and one can attain spirituality and spiritual delight by worshipping her. Her idol symbolizes a position in which she is ready to go for war thus embodying the strength and bravery and her devotee becomes brave and fearless like a lion by worshipping her.
The rituals to be observed while worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta are very simple. The devotee should worship all the Gods, Goddesses and Planets in the Kalash and then the family members of the Goddess are to be worshipped which includes Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya and Goddess Saraswati, Laxmi, Vijaya, Jaya etc and should be concluded by worshipping Devi Chandraghanti followed by praying to Lord Shiva and Lord Bhramaji.
The devi Chandragnata should be worshipped by Chanting the followed Mantra:
या देवी सर्वभूते षुमाँ चंद्रघंटारूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
भावार्थ: हे माँ! सर्वत्र विराजमान और चंद्रघंटा के रूप में प्रसिद्ध अम्बे, आपको मेरा बार-बार प्रणाम है| हे माँ, मुझे सब पापों से मुक्ति प्रदान करें।
Meaning: I join hands in front of the supreme Goddess and adore the goddess with a bell shaped mark of moon on her forehead and I ask for the forgiveness for all the bad deeds I have done in my life.