NavDurg Mantras [A Group Conversation, 2006]

Prakash asked : I was wondering if you have the mantra of Navdurga all in one [ In Sanskrit ]

n_ramya108
I have seen the NAVADURGA mantras as part of the Durga Shaptashati (also known as Devi Mahatyam or Chandi Path). They sound like the mantras you are mentioning -- and they are really very powerful and beautiful. They are part of the Devi Kavacham.

Here are the verses and translations. The source for this is: Chandi Path as translated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Devi Mandir.

1. Prathamam Shailapurti ca dvitiyam brahmacharini |
Tritiyam chandra ghanteti kusmandeti chaturhakam ||
First is the Goddess of Inspiration, Second the Goddess of Sacred Study; third is the Goddess of the Delight of Practice, the Goddess of Purifying Austerity is fourth.

2. pachamam skandamaateti shashtam katyayaniti ca |
saptamam kalaratriti mahagauriti chastamam ||
Fifth is the Goddess who Nurtures Divinity, sixth is the One Who is Ever-Pure; seventh is the Goddess of the Dark Night of Overcoming Egotism, the Goddess of the Great Radiant Light is eigth.
3. navamam siddhidatri ca navadurgah prakiritah |
uktanyetani namani brhmaniva mahatmana ||
Ninth is the Goddess who Grants Perfection, the nine Durgas, the Relievers of Difficulties, have been enumerated, and these names have been revealed by the great soul of the Supreme himself.

Radhakrishnan J
I give the mantras and a bit more. Anyway, Ramya has also come up with the mantras
Om Namas Chandikaayai; Maarkandeya Uvaacha;
Om yadguhyam paramam loke sarvarakshaakaram nrnaam;
Yanna kasyachidaakhyaatam tanme broohi pitaamaha.

Brahma uvaacha
Asti guhyatamam vipra sarvabhootopakaarakam;
Devyaastu kavacham punyam tatcchrnushva mahaamune.
Prathamam shailaputree cha dviteeyam brahmachaarini;
Trteeyam chandraghanteti kooshmaandeti chaturthakam.
Panchamam skandamaateti shashtham kaatyaayaneeti cha;
Saptamam kaalaraatreeti mahaagoureeti chaashtamam.
Navamam siddhidaatree cha navadurgaah prakeertitaah;
Uktaanyetaani naamaani brahmanaiva mahaatmanaa.
Agninaa dahyamaanastu shatrumadhye gato rame;
Vishame durgame chaiva bhayaartaah sharanam gataah.
Na teshaam jaayate kinchidashubham ranasankate;
Naapadam tasya pashyaami shokaduhkhabhayam na hi.
Yaistu bhaktyaa smrtaa noonam teshaam vrddhih prajaayate;
Ye tvaam smaranti deveshi rakshase taanna samshayah.
This is part of Devi Kavacham chanted before the chanting of Durga Saptashati variously known as Chandee Paath, Devi Maahaatmyam etc.

Aatharvana rahasya, Dakshinaamurti Samhitaa, Shree Vidyaamnaaya Kalpa, Durga Svaroopaanusandhaana Stuti enumerates Navadurga as under:

Vanadurga, Shoolini Durga, Jaatavedo Durga, Shaanti Durga, Shaabari Durga, Jwaalaa Durga, Lavana Durga, Deepa Durga, Aasuree Durga.

Each of them has a dhyaana shloka, anganyaasa karanyaasa, moola mantra and japavidhaana wcich are beautiful.

Etaah mantraah mantrashaastraantargataah, aprshte abhaktaaya na deyam iti mayaa atra na spashteekrtam. Yadi kaschit shrotum icchhuh, prashte, aham spashteekartum siddha eva.



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