On the auspicious occasion of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped in her nine forms. Day 3 of the Navratri is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta. Today, October 9 (Saturday) is the third day of Navratri, however, this year, the Chaturthi tithi also falls on October 9. This means Day 4, which is dedicated to Maa Kushmanda, will also be observed today.
On Shardiya Navratri this year, the Tritiya and Chaturthi tithis are on the same day i.e. October 9. After 7.38 am, the Chaturthi tithi will begin.
Tritiya – Maa Chandraghanta:
The name means half-moon shaped like a bell. She is the married form of maa Parvati and started applying the half-moon after her marriage to Shiva. She represents courage and strength and protects her devotees from evil. She is the Rudra roop of maa Durga and has a third eye on her forehead. This violent incarnation is taken for the betterment of society. Maa Chandraghanta symbolizes peace, serenity, and prosperity, she establishes justice and gives Her devotees the courage and strength to fight challenges. Mounted on a tigress the goddess is dasabhuja or the one with ten hands. One of her hands remains in Abhayamudra or blessing posture.
Maa Chandraghanta: Puja Vidhi
Place the goddess idol on a chowki or table and bathe it with Kesar(Saffron), Gangaajal (holy water), and kewra (floral water). After this, dress the goddess in golden-colored clothes. Offer her yellow-colored flowers and lotus. The prasad should comprise sweets, panchamrit and mishri (rock sugar).
MANTRAS OF MAA CHANDRAGHANTA
Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥ Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥ Stuti of Maa Chandraghanta or Goddess Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupene Sanstha. Namastasya Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah॥Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena SamstitaNamastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah
Chaturthi – Maa Kushmanda:
Kushmanda translates into the core of the sun; Ku (little), ushma (warmth) and (cosmic energy). She is mounted on a lion and has eight hands. It is believed that she has given birth to the universe with her divine smile, which was full of energy. She had wiped out darkness to spread light. The devotees worship her for good health and to get rid of illnesses. She is also called the goddess of Brahmand.
Worshipping Maa Kushmanda improves the ability to take decisions and enhances the intellect level. Her devotees gain strength to fight against ailments, troubles and hurdles of life. They get prosperity, happiness, power and salvation. They are blessed with good vision and mental strength.
The legend of Maa Kushmanda
It is said that the whole universe was full of darkness and Maa Kushmanda, with her silent smile produced a little cosmic egg. Darkness vanished by her divine smile. She gave light, life and created the universe. The earth, sun, stars, planets and all the galaxies came into existence. Goddess Kushmanda is the cause of light and energy so she resides in the core of the Sun. After creating the Universe, she created Gods, who afterwards created other living beings on the earth.
Maa Kushmanda: Puja Vidhi
The ritual of worshipping maa Kushmanda starts with worshipping Lord Ganesha to pray for the strength to carry on the Navratri-vrat. Offer shringar items (sindoor, mehendi, kajal, bindi, bangles, toe ring, comb, aalta, mirror, anklets, perfume, earrings, nosepin, necklace, red chunri, mahavar, hairpins etc)The prasad should be of malpuas, (Indian-sweet), halwa, or curd, which can be later on offered to the priests of a Durga temple.
MANTRAS OF MAA KUSHMANDA
Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah Surasampurna Kalasham Rudhiraplutmeva C. Dadhana Hastapadmabhayam in Kushmanda Shubhadastu Namasthasai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samsthita.
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