Shri Anna Ganapati Navgraha Siddhapeetham Nashik Maharashtra India

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Maa Chamundeshwari

It is said that in the beginning God, who was one, wanted to become many and enjoy himself. As the first step to creation he created Devi – the total cosmic Female force. For the male part, out of his left he created Shiva, out of his middle he created Brahma and out of his right he created Vishnu. She is more powerful than the Trinities and hence she is called Parashakti or Paradevi – Para meaning beyond. She is the Divine Mother of the universe.

The above picture of Devi Kamakshi, also called Lalita Tripurasundari, of Kanchipuram, is the closest resemblance to her description given in the scriptures – holding a lotus, noose, goad and sugarcane bow in her four hands, of reddish complexion, wearing red sari and with a crescent moon adorning her head. When all the Gods were powerless before the demon king Mahisasura, they worshiped her and she appeared in the form of Goddess Durga. During the battle with Mahisasura Goddess Durga created Goddess Kali and Goddess Chandi.

When she returned after killing him all the Gods and Goddesses worshiped and sang the famous stotra Devi Stuti in Her praise. Reciting this entire story, known as Durga Saptashati or Devi Mahatmyam, is a highly auspicious one. Reciting Her Lalita Sahasranama Stotra and Lalita Trishati Stotra are repeatedly prescribed in the scriptures as the best worship for all round success. She is engaged in the continuous process of dissolution and recreation of the world as Lord Shiva’s eternal consort. With Shiva She is Shakti, with Mahakala She is Smashana Tara, with Bhairava She is Bhairavi and so on. The Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra is the Tantrik diagrammatic representation of Devi. There is nothing like worshiping the Devi.


  • The Deity :

    At the Chamundeshwari Devi temple, Chamundeshwari is worshipped as the incarnation of Parvati. She is also worshipped in the Shakti form the slayer of demons “Chanda” and “Munda” and also “Mahishasura”, the buffalo headed demon. Chamundeshwari Devi is the tutelary (guardian) deity of Mysore. She is also the presiding deity of Mysore. The temple also has a jewel –Nakshatra Malike (diamond studded necklace) with 30 Sanskrit shlokas inscribed on it. Inside the sanctum the deity made of stone is in a sitting position. The goddess has ashta bhujas or eight shoulders. Sage Markandeya installed the image at the temple.


    There are two basic requirements for fulfillment of human life 'Bhoga–Lokakshema' (all worldly requirements) and 'Moksha' (liberation from all bondages).

    It is said that wherever Devi has her left leg unfolded and rests below, there prosperity of all kinds will be complete and wherever Devi has her right leg unfolded and rests below, their knowledge and liberation will be complete.

    At ANNA GANAPATI MATHAM Devi has her right leg folded and her left leg unfolded which rests on the lotus pedestal, so all worldly wishes (Bhoga–Lokakshema) are fulfilled. A person who performs Kumkumarchane of Devi with the chanting, along with Devi's Divine blessings even his worldly wishes are fulfilled.

    Lalita Sahasranama can be chanted by a person who has received 'Upasesha' from a guru or a person who knows Lalita Sahasranama. Lalita Sahasranama chanting can be done by all human beings without the restriction of age, sex, caste and creed. There is not a single person on this Bhumandala (earth) who is not eligible to perform Lalita Sahasranama chanting and Kumkumarchana.

    'Kumkum' obtained by offering Kumkum to Devi after Kumkumarchana is the Divine prasad of Devi, so every person can perform Kumkumarchane and apply kumkum on forehead. This kumkum is not a sign of 'Grihastha Ashrama' (marital status), but this kumkum is only the Divya Prasad of Devi.


    Lalitha Sahasranama, is sacred text comprising of 1000 names of Sri Lalithadevi, the divine mother, This sacred hymns were written in Brahmanda Purana as Hayagreeva Agastya Samvaada ( discussion between Hayagreeva and Agashtya) .Hayagreeva, lord of Knowledge, is an incarnation of lord Vishnu, with head of horse. Sage Agastya is one among Saptharishis.

    Lalitha Sahasranama is used in various modes of worship, Parayana,Japa, Homa and Srichakrachana.

    There are several benefits of chanting Lalitha Sahasranama.It is always good if we recite them knowing the meaning and using correct pronunciation. The vibrations create a celestial atmosphere and offer a blissful experience to the devotees.

    There are enormous benefits of chanting Lalitha Sahasranama, which are mentioned in the Stotra itself in Uttara Peethika as phala sruthi.

    1. Regular chanting of Sri Lalitha Sahasranama is a way of penance and offers long and healthy life.It is an antidote to accidents and untimely deaths.

    2. On the full moon day facing the full moon and meditating on Lalitha, if one chants Lalitha Sahasranama,they will be cured of their diseases and mental disturbances if any will be vanished.

    3. Those who chant it regularly will be an awakened soul with subtle energies. The divine mother herself protects such individuals and will make him successful in all his endeavors.

    4. Regular chanting of Sri Lalitha Sahasranama is an indirect blessing to those who cannot do many kind of offerings to God .

    5. Regular chanting of Sri Lalitha Sahasranama blesses individuals with vaksiddhi, name and fame.

    6. A child less woman, if chants this stotra regularly, offering butter to Lalitha Devi, will soon be blessed with a son.

    7. The enemies of the devotee, who reads these thousand names, would be killed by arrows by Sharabheswara.

    8. Goddess of wealth will live permanently in the houses of those who recite it with faith and devotion continuously for six months.

    9. Those who read it daily for one month or at least three weeks, will have the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi , the goddess of knowledge and intelligence.

    10. On the full moon day facing the full moon and meditating on Lalitha,if one chants Lalitha Sahasranama,they will be cured of their diseases and mental disturbances if any, will be vanished.”

    11. In homes where Sri Lalitha Sahasranama is chanted regularly there would never be any scarcity of food and other basic necessities of life.If all family members chant it together, such families stay together through thick and thin.

    Besides, worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri is also considered to be extremely beneficial for women. While, married women pray to Shiva for the well being of their husbands and sons, unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.

  • Different ways of chanting Lalitha Sahasranama :

    Lalitha Sahasranama can be chanted in two different ways. The Stotra form and the mantra form. Each nama of this 1000 names itself is mantra and is very powerful.

    In Stotra form, all 1,000 namas are separated into slokas of a few namams each and recited in this way.

    In mantra form, each nama is said individually, preceded by “Aum” and followed by “Namah”. When chanted in mantra form, the endings of each nama are generally changed to “e” or “yai”. Mantra form is commonly used during Kumkumarchana offering Kumkum to either Srichakra or to the idol of Lalitha Devi . Both ways, however, are equally effective.

    Listen Lalitha Sahasranama by Priya sisters here to know how to chant Lalitha Sahasranama as right kind of pronunciation is essential while chanting…

  • Prerequisites for chanting :

    Lalitha Sahasranama should be chanted after Taking bath in the morning in the empty stomach in the puja room.One can recite them during evenings also after bath.

    Special days to chant: Fridays, Navami, Shukla Paksha chaturdashi and Purnima, Sankranti days, first day of every month and first day of the year, Grahana Samaya(times of eclipse), and on birthdays, Navarathri times both vasantha and sarannavarathri.

    If one chants this during Grahana times, it gives 1000 times more benefits than during normal chanting

    It is also good to recite it during Navarathris, both Vasantha and Sarannavarathri

  • There are specific Mantras for specific purpose :

    1. 'Sadasiva Kutumbineiyeei Namaha' : For unity and togetherness of the family.

    2. 'Chinthamani Grihanthasta Srimannagara Nayakaeei namaha' : To construct a beautiful house.

    3. 'Kameesa baddha Mangalya Suthra Sobhitha kandhara' : Young girls to find suitable match.

    4. 'Maha lavanya sevadhiyee namaha' : For beauty and good physique.

    5. 'Rajarajeshvari rajyadaeini rajyavallabha, Raja tkrupa rajapeeta niveshitanija shrita,

    6. Rajyalakshmih koshanadha chaturanga baleshvari, Samrajyadaeini satyasandha sagaramekhala' : For success in jobs, to get support from bosses and to get promotions in jobs.

    7. 'Kumara Gananadhamba Tushti Pushti Mathir druthihi, Santhi swasthimathi Kanthirnandini Vignanaasini' : For children to listen to parents and for good conduct of children.

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