The third day of Navratri is dedicated to goddess Chandraghanta Maa, one of the nine incarnations of goddess Durga. She has “Half Moon” on her forehead, as the shape of bell (Ghanta) that is why she is called by the name Chandraghanta Devi. Third day of Navratri’s goddess, Chandraghanta’ s form is very beautiful, mesmerizing, blissful and peaceful. Chandraghanta Maa wears the white attire and the lion is her vehicle. Maa Chandraghanta has three eyes and ten hands. In her eight hands, she carries Sword, Trishul, Gada, Kamandal, Bell, Arrow, Lotus and Bow.
This year in 2016, third day of Navratri festival is lying on 4th October. The same rituals have been performed on this day as well, like second day of Navratri festival.
Chandraghanta Maa has others name also like Chandra-khanda and Chandika. In Orissa, devotees call the Chandraghanta Maa as Ramchandi. Temple of Goddess Ramchandi is located in the Puri district of Orissa, India.
Third Day of Navratri Rituals:
On the third day of Navratri, devotees need to follow many rituals and worships, which include worship of all the Gods & Goddess including sacred Kalash of Navratri, which has been put on the first day of Navratri puja by the devotees. After this, a special worship Lord Ganesha, Karthikeya and Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, Jaya and Vijay, which are the family members of goddess Durga. After marrying Lord Shiva, Mahagauri started ornamenting half Chandra on her forehead. Due to this reason, Goddess Parvathi is known as Chandraghanta. Chandraghanta Maa represents the peace, strength and bravery.