Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death. She broke his gada with Her sword and then tore his chest with Her trident. Another form of his came from his chest and was immediately killed by Devi with her sword. Let that Goddess Durga becomes a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death. So She merged all other manifestations into Herself and fought for a long with Shumba who fought with many kinds of weapons Shastra and astras arrows released after invoking a mantra. An angry shumbha took Her to the sky and fought fiercely.

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Scriptures differ in naming the nine incarnations. Pictures and paintings of the Nava-Durga also varies from region to region. The nine forms of Durga are worshipped during the nine days of Navratri. She carries the trishul and the lotus in her hands. Her vehicle is the Bull, Nandi.

The narrative regarding her birth has been described in scriptures like Shivapurana and Devi Bagvaatam Maa. Shailputri in her previous birth was born as a daughter to Daksha Prajapati. She had been deeply devoted to Lord Shiva since her childhood. When she grew into a maiden, she propitiated Lord Shiva by her penance and devotion and desired to beget him as her consort. Lord Shiva bestowed the desired boon on her and accepted her as his consort.

Once her father Daksha Prajapati organized a great Yanja in which all the gods including Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and saints and sages were invited, but Lord Shiva was excluded. When Goddess Sati came to know of it, she could not tolerate the disgrace of Lord Shiva.

So, she decided to pay a visit to her father. My father Daksha Prajapati is performing a grand fire sacrifice. All the gods, saints, seers and sages have been invited to participate in this sacrifice, but he has disgraced you openly by not inviting you. I can never bear your insult. So, you kindly let me go to my father to speak out my mind to him. It does not behoove you to lose your temper over such a trifle. Daksha Prajapati is the performer of this great sacrifice.

It is his sweet will to invite or ignore any one. You must not poke your nose into his affairs. Such trivial steps may cause bitterness in your relations.

Seeing her great obduracy, Lord Shiva ultimately granted her the permission to see her father. Even Daksha, her father, surrounded by his servants was busy with the condemnation of Lord Shiva.

All her sisters were mocking at Sati. Such a hostile situation fanned the fire of her fury even more. She failed to endure such a horrible disgrace of her Lord and consigned herself to the sacrificial flames. Sati in her next birth was born as a daughter to Himalaya, the Lord of Mountains. She was named Parvati or Hemvati. Since she was born as a daughter to the mountain-king Himalaya, she is also known as Shailputri.

She propitiated Lord Shiva by her severe penance and begot him has her husband. Among the Nine Durgas, the importance and powers of Mother Shailputri are unlimited. On the first day of auspicious Navaraatri, she alone is adored and worshipped. Mantras for Shailputri Devi Om Devi Shailputryai Namah recitation of this mantra Vande Vanchhit Laabhaay, Chandrardhkritshekharaam Vrisharudham Shooldharaam Shailputriim Yashaswinim I worship Goddess Shailputri to fulfill my wishes, who is adorned with crescent moon on her head, rides on a bull, carrying a trishul and is illustrious.

Brahmacharini In this form Durga is two-armed, clad in white and carries a rudraksha mala and sacred Kamandalu. She is in a highly pious and peaceful form or is in meditation. This form of Durga is related to the severe penance undertaken by Sati and Parvati in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as husband. Some of the most important Vratas observed in different parts of India by women is based on the strict austerities followed by Brahmacharini.

She is also known as Tapasyacharini and is worshipped on the second day of Navrathri. The narrative regarding her birth has been described as follows: Having immolated herself in the sacrificial fire, Sati was born of Maina as a daughter to the Mountain-King Himalaya. When she had grown up into a beautiful maiden, the celestial sage Narada while roaming about happened to reach the court of king Himalaya.

Sage Narada was warmly welcomed by the Lord of mountains. Thereafter Himalaya and Maina prayed to Sage Narada to predict the future of Parvati by reading her palms. Sage Narada agreed to their request.

Seeing Goddess Parvati, Sage Narada stood up and bowed to her with great reverence. The mountain-king Himalaya and queen Maina were amazed at such an unusual behavior of Sage Narada. They were curious to know the cause of this unique behavior. This daughter of yours in her previous birth was Sati, the daughter of Daksha and the consort of Lord Shiva.

She sacrificed her body in the fire of the Yanja as Daksha hurled disgrace on Lord Shiva. Now she is born again as your daughter Parvati. That is why I bowed to her. By virtue of her merits, she shall again beget Lord Shiva as her husband. Thereupon Sage Narada advised her to perform an austere penance. Acting upon the advice of Sage Narada, Goddess Parvati renounced all the pleasures of the palace and started performing penance to beget Lord Shiva as her husband.

She spent the first thousand years of her penance by living on fruit and roots. Thereafter she lived on leaves for another three thousand years of her penance. Then she lived on water and then air alone braving heat and cold, rain and storms and all kinds of sufferings. Goddess Parvati meditated on Lord Shiva for thousands of years. The austere penance performed by her reduced her to a mere skeleton. A great hue and cry prevailed in the three worlds because of her severe penance.

All the Gods including Indra and Saints and Sage were terrified by her penance. They approached Brahma in a body and prayed to him to bestow the desired boon on Parvati. All the Gods bow to you in deep reverence. Such an austere penance can be performed only by you. Your cherished desire shall soon be fulfilled. You shall beget Lord Shiva as your consort. Thereafter Brahma restored her physical charm and grace.

Thus Goddess Parvati begot Lord Shiva as her husband by virtue of her penance. She earned the reputation of being a Brahmchaarini. The worship of Maa Brahmchaarini is conducive to penance, renunciation, virtue and nobility.

Her devotees are endowed with peace and prosperity. Which means, O Goddess Brahmcharini, who holds rosary and Kamandalu in her hands, please on me. A devotee who is eager to know God, who want knowledge, he should worship Devi Brahmcharini on the second day of Navratri. Chandraghanta or Chandra-khanda In this form Durga is armed and rides a tiger.

This is a terrible aspect and is roaring in anger. This form of Durga is completely different from earlier forms and shows when provoked she can be the terrible or malevolent. Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day of Navarathri. Her forehead is bedecked with the crescent moon resembling the shape of a ghantaa. By her grace all the sins, distresses, physical sufferings, mental tribulations and ghostly hurdles of the devotees are eradicated. Riding on the lion the Mother inspires her devotees with fearlessness.

She is the very embodiment of serenity. The devotees who adore and worship her with their deeds, minds and speech develop an aura of divine splendor. Their persons emit out invisible power-waves which exercise a great impact on those who come in contact with them.

They easily achieve success in every walk of life. Maa Chandraghantaa is ever ready to destroy the wicked, but to her devotees she is ever visible as the kind and compassionate Mother showering peace and prosperity. The complexion possessed by Maa Chandraghantaa is golden. She possesses ten arms which wield weapons and missiles like the sword, the bow, the mace, the arrows and the like.

During the battle between the gods and the demons, the horrible sound produced by her ghantaa had sent thousands of wicked demons to the abode of the Death-god. She is ever in a warring posture which shows her eagerness to destroy the foes of her devotees so that her devotees may ever live in peace and prosperity.

Divine vision is acquired by her grace. If a devotee happens to enjoy divine fragrance and hears diverse sounds, he is said to be blessed by the Mother. Maa Chandraghantaa should be adores and worshipped with great purity in mind and heart observing all the rites properly.

Having acquired her grace, we get rid of all worldly turmoil and enjoy Supreme bliss. Devotees should always have her gentle form in their minds while meditating on her.

Mantras for Chandraghanta Devi Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah recitation of this mantra Pindaj Pravaarudh chandkopastrkairyuta Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghanteti vishrutaa Which means, O Goddess Chandraghanta, who rides on Tiger, angry on enemies, holds many weapons in 10 hands, be propitious to me. Devotees, who have many enemies and obstacles in their life, should worship Devi Chandraghanta on third day of Navratri.

Goddess Chandraghanta then destroy all obstacles and fears of devotee and destroy enemies and demons. Kushmanda The fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga. She is adored and worshipped on the fourth day of the Navaraatri.


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