The married form of Maa Parvati is referred to as Devi Chandraghanta. After marriage, Devi Parvati adored her forehead with 'Chandra' or half-moon in form of a 'ghanta'. This adornment fetched her the name of 'Chandraghanta'.

Mounted on a tiger, Maa Chandraghanta is a symbol of both beauty and valour. Her appearance seems to be war-ready and it is believed that the sound of the 'ghanta' on her forehead keeps the demons and her enemies away from her.

Goddess Chandraghanta is the goddess of spiritual and internal power. Devotion to this form of Durga removes all the hindrances and troubles.

Embodiment of Devi Chandraghanta:
Riding a tigress, Maa Chandraghanta is represented with ten arms holding Sword, 'Gada', 'Trishul' and 'Kamandal' on left, and lotus flower, 'dhansush', arrow and 'Japa mala' on right. The fifth hand on left is in 'Varada Mudra', while the left one is in 'Abhaya Mudra'.  

Governing Planet:
Planet Shukra is known to be governed by Goddess Chandraghanta.

Way of Worship:

According the rituals, milk should be offered to the goddess and thereafter it should be given to a 'Brahman'. Moreover, it is advised to wear 'sindoor' on this auspious day.

Mantra to worship Maa Chandraghanta:
पिण्डज प्रवरारुढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्र कैर्युता|
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्र घंष्टेति विश्रुता||


Vasavi Dhir/ JPN