On 3rd day of Navratri day, Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped, the avatar of Goddess Durga. The 2nd day was dedicated to Maa Bharamcharini. Navratri days are celebrated with lots of joy as it is considered as most auspicious by Hindu devotees all over India. It is celebrated as Navratri in North India whereas on the east side it is known as Durga pooja.
3rd form of Maa Durga, Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day of Navratri. She is known as Chandraghanta because of the crescent shaped bell crown on her head. She is considered as the protector who carries weapons in her hands to fight with negativity and demons.
Maa Chandraghanta is a symbol of bravery and welfare, her carrier is a tigress and wears bright yellow. She is also known as Dashabhuja darini because of 10 arms. On the left side, she holds a Trishul (trident), Gada (mace), Sword, and Kadal (stoup) whereas her fifth hand can be seen in Varada Mudra. On the right side, the four arms carry lotus, bow, arrow and japa mala whereas the fifth hand is in Abhaya Mudra.
Mantra to worship Maa Chandraghanta
ओम देवी चंद्रघंटायै नमः
पिंडजा प्रवरारुधा चंडकोपास्त्रकृत्तु
प्रसादम तनुते मह्यम चंद्रघंटेति विश्रुता
यं देवी सर्वभूतेषु मां चन्द्रघंटा रूपेण संस्थिता? नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः
Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah
Pindaja Pravararudha Chandakopastrakairyuta
Prasadam Tanute Mahyam Chandraghanteti Vishruta
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena Samsthita? Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
Colour and flower
Since each of Goddess signifies a particular colour. This day is devoted to red colour and jasmine is her favourite flower.