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Divinity Series: Day 3 - Chandraghanta

The third day, Tritiya, commemorates the worship of Chandraghanta – the name derived from the fact that after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with the ardhachandra (meaning, half-moon). She is the embodiment of beauty and is also symbolic of bravery.


Every woman knows that a woman who does not control her shakti can wreak havoc on her conjugal family, while a woman who is self-controlled transforms her shakti into dharmik shakti for the benefit of her conjugal family, to ensure its survival and prosperity and ultimately for herself. Since possessing such dharmik sakti is considered real empowerment. The first step involved in self-control, however, is acknowledging one’s subordinate position. Indigenous discourse appears to suggest that such an acknowledgment facilitates the processes of surrendering one’s sense of self and giving service to others. When a woman controls her desires, she cools herself; she becomes orderly and systematic. And when a woman gives service to others, she gives of herself, of her essences, so those whom she serves become increasingly marked by her qualities, her characteristics – they become reconstituted in her direction. As a consequence of such actions, she rises within the family, becoming superior to those she has been serving. Both strategies result in a woman becoming less mixed, more coherent, more superior, all of which imply greater and more intense moral power – dharmik sakti.

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