Devi (or Goddess) Chandraghanta is third among the nine embodiments of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the third day of Navratri.
To know about the Goddess’ previous form – Brahmacharini, read my blog post: Navratri Day 2: Worshipping Devi Brahmacharini through artwork
This is the coloured sketch, I made, of Goddess Chandraghanta.
Let me tell you the story behind Her origin, how the Goddess came into being. Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form the Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva, Parvati started adorning her forehead with half Chandra (half moon).
In Hindi, Chandra means Moon and Ghanta is for bell. Hence the name Chandraghanta.
Goddess Chandraghanta is depicted in a radiant form, her appearance is mild and ever-smiling. She mounts on the tiger. She wears the semi-circular moon (Chandra) on her forehead. It is believed that the sound of the bell-shaped half-moon dispels all type of evil away from her devotees. She is depicted with ten hands, five of which carry diverse weapons like the Trishul (Trident), Gada (mace) , Sword, Bow and Arrow. She also holds a rosary, a Kamandal (water utensil) and a lotus in three hands. Two of her hands are shaped into Varada Mudra (dispensing boons)and in Abhaya Mudra (assuring safety and bliss).
Today, the air reverberates with the Sanskrit verses in reverence to the Goddess.
Ya devi sarva bhutesu, Chandraghanta rupena sansthita
Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha!
The goddess who is omnipresent as the divine Chandraghanta.
I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her again & again.
To know about the Goddess’ fourth form – Kushmanda, read my blog post: Navratri Day 4: Worshipping Devi Kushmanda through artwork