Goddess Chandraghanta is the third of the Navadurga Devis and the diety preceding the third day of Navaratri. Chandraghanta is a combination of the words Chandra and Ghanta, where Chandra refers to the moon and Gantha refers to the bell. The Goddess was given this name because she wears a Chadra (moon) in the shape of a bell on her head.

This Goddess also carries a bell shaped like a moon, which she uses in her battles with demons. This is also one of the characteristics that earned this Goddess the name Chandraghanta.

This Goddess is associated with Kundalini's Manipura Chakra and is known for her protective nature.


Goddess Chandraghanta is typically depicted as three-eyed, wearing a moon on her brow, and riding a lion. The Devi is also depicted as having ten hands.

The Goddess holds a lotus, a bow, an arrow, and a rosary in four of her left hands, with the other in the Abhaya mudra posture.

She holds a Trident, mace, sword, kamandala, and demonstrates the gnana mudra or varada mudra with one of her right hands. During times of war, however, the Chandraghanta mata is depicted making war sounds with the bell in her hands. Fearing the sounds of battle, several demons used to flee the battlefield.

The Nava Durga Devis - Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, and so on - are described as forms of Mother Goddess Chandi in the Devi Kavacha of Chandi.


There are only a few stories about Chandraghanta Devi, one of which is about God Shiva and Parvati's marriage, which is partly related to Chandraghanta Devi's incarnation, and here is the story.

Following Goddess Parvati's tapa to reunite with God Shiva as her husband, God Shiva appeared in front of Parvati and agreed to marry her.

With due respect to the incarnation, Goddess Parvati requested that God Shiva discuss their marriage with Himavanta and Menaka, who received the boon that she would be their daughter from her.

God Shiva smiled and granted Parvati's request. He dispatched the Saptarishis, along with Arundhati Devi, to Himavanta to discuss Shiva and Parvati's marriage.

Himavanta agreed, and the marriage of the Great God Shiva and the Great Goddess Shakthi in the form of Parvati began. As the Supreme God and the father of all worlds, devotees of God Shiva are not limited to the Devas and Manavas; Asuras and all creatures such as Bhutas, Prethas, and Pisachas also worship God Shiva.

God Shiva, on the other hand, never discriminates against any of his creation. He treats the Devas, Asuras, and all other creatures equally until they follow the path of righteousness.

As a result, all of the Ganas prepared themselves in their own unique ways and joined in the celebrations of the divine couple's marriage.

Menaka and Himavantha, on the other hand, were greeting the visitors. At first, all of the devaganas and devas arrived. Looking at the appearance of gods, she suspected that God Shiva had dressed magnificently, similar to the devas who had come to witness his marriage.

However, from afar, she saw millions of ganas marching joyfully alongside God Shiva on the Nandi.

The ashes completely covered God Shiva. He is with the pisacha and the other ganas. Goddess Parvati also saw the God Shiva, but she didn't notice any differences between him and his other incarnations.

Menaka Devi, however, fainted when she saw God Shiva's appearance.

Maa Parvati is said to have taken the enchanting form of Chandraghanta and gone to God Shiva at the time. Seeing her, God Shiva understood Menaka's desire for an appearance and took the Kalyana Sundara/Chandra Shekhara form, an enchanting form in which God Shiva appears as a bridegroom.

Meanwhile, Devi Menaka recognised God Shiva's tattva. The marriage of the Divine couple Shiva and Parvati occurred later.In a similar manner, the goddess Parvathi assumed the alluring form of Chandraghanta to allay Menaka's fears and bring her mother joy. Similarly, a devotee who worships Devi Chandraghanta will be fearless and protected by the Goddess.

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