Goddess Chandraghanta - The Goddess of War

 

The 3rd sacred day of Navratri worships Chandragantha Devi, the 3rd form of Mother Durga.

 

She is Chandraghanta - because she's fair, she's fierce, she's ferocious. She knows her way and treads to forge a path for others to follow.

 

 

 

Stuti

 

                                   या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ चन्द्रघण्टा रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

                                            Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena Samsthita।

                                                Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

 

So, who could be a true progeny of Devi Chandraghanta?

 

A lady who helped you in your troubles, A lady who rescued you from your troubles, A lady who walked you out of trouble. She could be your mother who made you get up to your feet when you fell down, she could be your sister who saved you from a duel, she could be your spouse who saved you from your financial troubles. Bottomline - she could be anyone!

 

Bhog

 

 

Milk or Kheer are her favourites. Sweets made out of milk are also offered with great devotion seeking her divine blessings.

 

The Legend has it

 

 

  • Chandra-Ghanta Devi adorns a half-moon on her forehead shaped like a bell. The sound emanating from her bell can cripple and destroy demons.
  • Serenity, beauty, and grace are her eternal ornaments.
  • Her third eye is always opened, giving her the poise to slay demons to keep her devotees protected from their oppression.
  • Legend - Ma Parvati takes Devi Chandragantha’s form when Lord Shiva arrives at King Himavan’s palace with a fierce and terrorizing form to marry her. This form left Ma Parvati’s mother and relatives in a state of shock. To avoid further embarrassment to either her family or Lord Shiva, she takes the fierce form of Maa Chandragantha.
  • Bravery, courage, peace, and tranquillity are the attributes that the devotees are blessed with, who worship her sincerely.
  • Ma Chandragantha’s devotees develop an aura of divine splendour and a fierce sense of freedom from fear to achieve success effortlessly in all their endeavours.
  • Yellow is the vivacious colour that devotees adorn themselves in on this day as it livens up everyone’s spirits.

 

Modern Day Avatar

 

 

She could be anyone & everyone - the woman sitting next to you, the woman you travelled in the Metro with, the woman you bought the veggies from!

 

Like in the fable, she's a badass - a warrior-like figure, always ready to stun her agitators, silence her haters and smash her assailants. She's the one who wears bold Red Lipstick, impeccably fancy & fitting outfits, high heels with a Sling or Quilted bag and rides an N-Torq or Vespa.

 

Like the Goddess herself, she manages the three scopes with her wit, wisdom and weight. She maintains a keen eye on her professional affairs while addresses the needs of loved ones in her home with her 'ten hands'.

 

She's the leader… the achiever… the successful entrepreneur... the women from every sphere of life whos' incessantly struggle to eclipse the evil out. But to name a few #ModernAvatar of goddess Chandraghantha, we would like to acknowledge ‘Women in Black Robes’ who made a remarkable name for themselves by confronting, challenging, & combating the evil prevailing in the society despite all the odds.

 

 

 

Vrinda Grover - An influential-figure, she's working for women & child survivors of domestic and sexual violence, the victims and survivors of communal violence, extrajudicial killings (killed in encounters) and custodial torture, sexual minorities, trade unions, and political activists.

 

 

Indira Jaising - Another name which we would like to adduce here is Indira Jaising, who's considered as one of the Supreme Court's best advocates. Also, she was the first-ever woman Additional Solicitor General of India.

 

 

We also want to acknowledge every woman who didn't submit to the evil and fought hard against it to be the real-life #ModernAvatar of the goddess. Be it Sabrina who fought for her sister Jessica Lall or the social activists Irom Sharmila, popularly known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur” whose fights still continues till date.

 

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