Rashmi Rekha Das

Navratri is considered the most significant festivity when nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.  Among the nine different forms of Durga, Chandraghanta is one of them. On the third day of Navaratri, Chandraghanta is worshipped. 

Since she has a Chandra or half moon, in the shape of a Ghanta (bell), on her forehead, she is addressed as Chandraghanta

Going by the legend, Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form of Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva, Goddess Mahagauri started adorning her forehead with half Chandra following which Goddess Parvati was known as Goddess Chandraghanta. It is believed that planet Shukra is governed by Goddess Chandraghanta. 

The idol of Chandraghanta symbolises both beauty and bravery, gives strength to keep the negative energy away and repels all the troubles from your life.

Though Chandraghanta kills the bad and wicked, she is gentle and peaceful for her devotees. By worshipping Maa Chrandraghanta, one will open the doors to great respect, fame and glory. 

Maa Chandraghanta has three eyes and ten hands holding ten types of swords, weapons and arrows. She establishes justice and gives her devotees the courage and strength to fight challenges. Also, Maa helps devotees attain spiritual enlightenment

On the third day of Navratri, devotees get up early (Brahma Muhurta) and clean home. They chant the mantra 'Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah' while worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta. Also, they offer flowers, scent, incense, akshat, vermilion and sweets made of milk to Maa Chandraghanta.