Chandraghanta – one of the Navadurga, nine manifestation of Durga.
Chandraghanta is a goddess who wears half-moon shaped bell. She is worshipped on the third day of Navratri – the nine divine nights dedicated to fierce Goddess Durga. Thus, she is an aspect of Goddess Durga. The legend of Chandraghanta is related to Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati. After Shiva agreed to marry Parvati, he took his cavalry (baraat) consisting of gods, ghosts, ghouls, sages, etc. to Parvati’s father King Himavan’s palace. When Shiva with his cavalry appeared at the palace, King Himavan and Queen Maina was terrorized by the sight of fearsome Shiva and Queen Maina fainted. Seeing this, Parvati assumed the form of Chandraghanta and persuaded Shiva to transform himself to a charming form. It is believed that the terrifying sound of Goddess’s bell destroy the demons in the battle. She is depicted as eight-handed goddess, holding chakra (disk like weapon), trishul (trident), sword, lotus, Gada (mace), bow and arrow, and shankha (conch). She has a third eye like Shiva, which represents power. Her animal mount is a lion.