The auspicious festival of Navaratri is specially performed to worship the nine forms of Durga known as NavaDurga. According to the belief oh Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga manifested herself into nine different divine forms.
Each day of Navaratri is dedicated to one of the forms of Goddess Durga. The third day of Navaratri is dedicated to Devi Chandraghanta. She is considered to be the third manifestation of Goddess Durga and the married form of Parvati. The name Chandraghanta is derived from the word Chandra and Ghanta as she has a half moon or Chandra on her forehead in shape of a bell or Ghanta. This manifestation personifies serenity, peace and prosperity to her devotees. The goddess has a skin of golden colour and reflects a charming. This divine personality is depicted to be seated on a lion and has three eyes and ten hands all holding different types of weapons.
The planet Shukra is believed to be governed by Chandraghanta. She is also considered as the advocator of bravery and possesses enough strength to fight against demons. Her roaring voice results in the demons to tremble. The dreadful sound of the Ghanta or bell terrifies the demons and keeps away the negative energy. By virtue of the blessings of Chandraghanta, all the hindrances in a person’s life get removed.
Chandraghanta is also known to hold the potent energy which is yet to become unrestrained. She claims the Manipura Chakra which is influenced by the planet Mars. This chakra is symbolized by a lotus having ten petals. Manipura Chakra is also known as navel chakra. In the festival of Durga Puja, the third day of Navaratri is considered to be very important. On this day, the minds of the devotees are believed to enter the Manipura Chakra crossing the stage of Swadhishthan Chakra. At that stage, the devotees become capable to see unearthly and divine things by the grace of Chandraghanta. On the Puja performed on third day of Navaratri, Chandraghanta is requested to remove all the miseries and sorrows from the life of her devotees and worshippers. Although her image is represented in the form of destroyer of devils and negative energy, she is always gentle for her worshippers.
All the devotees who solely worship this deity of Goddess Durga, certainly achieves positive aura which helps one to shine among chaos of people. Grace and glory of Chandraghanta is eternal.
The rituals which are to be observed for worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta are quite simple. The devotees worship all the Gods, Goddesses and the Planets in Kalash followed by the family members of the Goddess. This includes Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay, Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Vijaya, Goddess Jaya and others. Her worship is concluded with the praying of Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. On this day of Puja, milk and sweets made out of milk are offered to the Goddess. Sometimes Kheer is also offered to Chandraghanta with a purpose to free the person or worshipper from all the pains and receive extreme happiness and joy. One famous temple of Chandraghanta is situated in Udaypur where a large number of devotees visit every day and worship the divine power Chandraghanta.