Goddess Durga is worshipped by thousands of devotees as a symbol of divinity, care, and destruction. She is said to be the incarnation of strength and beauty that celebrates womanhood in every aspect.
The term Durga comes from the Sanskrit language and translates into English as “invincible.” Her powers make her the root cause of creation as well as the destroyer of all evils. She is also known as ‘Durgati Nashini’ that means ‘the one who puts an end to all hardships’. She is worshipped as the Mother Goddess who can be kind and caring towards her followers and annihilate those who sin against her worshippers.
It is said that when the demonic forces became a threat to the very existence of Gods, then emerged a divine force in the form of Goddess Durga with just one aim - the destruction of evil.
The Gods offered to form the different parts of her body and thus, she became a unified symbol of the powers of all the Gods. Even Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva offered her their powerful weapons - the Chakra and the Trishul respectively.
Mantras are melodious hymns that create powerful vibrations around those who chant it with immense faith and unending dedication. These sounds help us connect with our inner selves and enable us to attain peace and tranquility. Chanting Durga Mantra pleases the Goddess of sustenance and helps us invoke her and receive her blessings.
There are certain rules that one must follow in order to successfully chant the Durga Mantra. It is very important to take an early morning bath and purify your external self before invoking the Goddess Durga. You must wear clean clothes and place an idol of the Goddess on a clean surface.
Spread flowers around the photograph or idol of the deity and decorate a plate containing red sandal (roli), belpatra and vermilion (kumkum). Light a lamp in front of the idol and anoint her forehead with a mixture of vermilion and red sandal.
Although it is advised to chant the mantra for 108 times, you can chant it for as many times as you like. For doing the jap mala of 108 times, you can use the bead string that helps you keep a count of your mantras.
Durga Mantra in English:
“Sarva Mangala Mangalye Sive Sarvartha Sadhike
Saranye Trayambike Gauri Narayani Namostute”
Durga Mantra in Sanskrit
सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके ।
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥”
This mantra is to praise Maa Durga as the most auspicious one who showers her blessings upon the whole world. She is the purest one who protects everyone who comes to her for help. She is the holy Mother of the three worlds also known as Gauri, the daughter of Mountain King. We all bow down to Maa Durga again and again and worship her divinity in all essence.
This mantra is the holiest Durga Mantra that is recited on every auspicious ceremony. Chanting this mantra strengthens a person and blesses them with wisdom and prosperity. The mantra has such tremendous healing powers that you can eliminate the mental, physical and economic problems of your life by chanting it regularly.
Other important Durga Mantras
“Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, shanti rupena sangsthita
Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, shakti rupena sangsthita
Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, matri rupena sangsthita
Yaa devi sarva bhuteshu, buddhi rupena sangsthita
Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha’‘
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु क्षान्तिरूपेण संस्थिता ।
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु शक्तिरूपेण संस्थिता ।
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता ।
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु बुद्धिरूपेण संस्थिता ।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ॥
This Durga Mantra celebrates the omnipresent nature of Mother Durga as a universal mother, a power and a symbol of peace. She resides in the hearts of every living being in the form of beauty and wisdom. I bow to her again and again.
Durga Mantra for Meditation
“Om Jataa Jut Samaayuktamardhendu Krit Lakshanam
Lochanyatra Sanyuktam Padmendu Sadya Shan Naam”
ॐ जटा जूट समायुक्तमर्धेंन्दु कृत लक्षणाम |
लोचनत्रय संयुक्तां पद्मेन्दुसद्यशाननाम ||
Durga Mantra For Removal of all Obstacles
Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah |
Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om ||
ॐ सर्वाबाधा विनिर्मुक्तो, धन धान्यः सुतान्वितः।
मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशयः ॐ ।।