Chandrakantha (Tritiya Avatar)
देवी चन्द्रघण्टेत (Chandrakanta )
पिण्डजप्रवरारूढा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता ।
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता ॥
Chandrakanta (one who bears the moon in her necklace)
Navaratri celebrates the nine avatars of Goddess Durga and each day is dedicated to one avatar. The Chandrakanta avatar, which represents the fortunate nine-day avatar, manifests on the third day.
The coloured is honoured on this day. It represents tranquillity, peace, and prosperity in life. Her name,Chandraghanta,emanates from the Chandra ( half moon) on her forehead in the silhouette of a bell. She is depicted with ten hands and carries Trishul,Gada’sa sword, and kamandala in her four left hands, keeping the fifth left hand in Varada Mudra. She carries an arrow, lotus flower, Japa mala, Dhanush in her right hand and Abhaya Mudra in her fifth right hand. She rides on a tiger.
It is believed that Goddess Chandraghanta gives strength to fight all fears. The sound of the moon bell on her forehead expels all types of spirits away from her devotees.
Colour: Red colour signifies beauty and fearlessness.On this day Goddess Chandraghanta rewards people with bravery, grace, and courage.
Flowers: On this day people worship Lotus or kamal flower represents detachment of the soul from the negativity and connecting to one power.
Prasadam: Rava Kesari, Tamarind rice, in south India, Milk is offered to the Goddess Chandraghanta.
Mantra: Pindaj Pravrarudha Chandkpasrkaryuta . Prasidam Tanute Mahyam Chandrghnteti Vishruta. “
By worshipping on this day, Goddess Chandraghanta,one gets rid of all obstacles. With her divine grace, one can be blessed with a name, fame, and power. The sound of her moon bell keeps the bad spirits and troubles away.