Devi Mahatmyam Reading Procedure


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Devi Mahatmyam (Durga Saptashati or Chandi Path) is a powerful text dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The reading procedure of Devi Saptashati is given here in detail version. Many devotees are confused on how to recite this powerful text – on which day, which adhyaya (chapter) needs to be chanted..

There are two methods to start reading Devi Mahatmym – Trayangam and Navangam.

Trayangam is a method in which we need to chant three prayers – Devi Kavacham, Argala Stotram and Devi Keelakam followed by Navakshari Mantram.

Navangam is a method for which nine prayers are recited prior of starting reading the book. Navangam stotrams are: Devi Nyasa, Devi Avahana, Devi Namani, Argala Stotram, Keelaka Stotram, Devi Hrudaya, Dhala, Devi Dhyana and Devi Kavacha.

As per the prescribed methods in ancient scriptures, Devi Mahatmya should be read in one sitting. After finishing the recital of Devi Mahatmya, one should chant the Devi Suktam (slokas 7 to 36 of Chapter 8).

Devi Saptashati Parayana in 3 days & 7 days

Apart from one sitting recital, devotees read Devi mahatmya for three consecutive days: Prathama Charitra or 1st Chapter on first day, Madhyama Charitra (2, 3, 4 chapters) on 2nd day, and Uttama Charitra (5-13 chapters) on third day.

Some devotees also read Devi Mahatmya in 7 days. They chant 1st Chapter on first day, 2-3 chapters on 2nd day, 4th chapter on 3rd day, 5-8 chapters on 4th day, 9-10 chapters on 5th day, 11th chapter on 6th day and 12-13 chapters on 7th day.

Each chapter should be read in single sitting. Due to any reason, Parayana is stopped in between a chapter; the whole chapter should be read again.

The order of reciting Durga Saptashati Parayana daily is: Trayanga Mantra, Devi Mahatmya text followed by Devi Suktam.

Many devotees read Durga Saptashati during Navratri Durga Puja 9/10 days.. Here is the procedure to read Devi Mahatmyam during Navratri

How to read Durga Saptashati (Devi Mahatmyam) during Navratri festival

1st day: Chapter 1 (Madhu kaitabha samhaaram)

2nd day: Chapter 2, 3 and 4 (Mahishhasura samhaara)

3rd day: Chapter 5 and 6 (Dhuumralochana vadha)

4th day: Chapter 7 (Chanda Munda vadha)

5th day: Chapter 8 (Rakta biija samhaara)

6th day: Chapter 9 and 10 (Shumbha Nishumbha vadha)

7th day: Chapter 11 (Praise of Narayani)

8th day: Chapter 12 (Phalastuti – reciting merits or benefits)

9th day: Chapter 13 (Blessings to Suratha and the Merchant)

10th day: Chapter 14 (Aparadha Kshamaprarthana) on 10th day

You can also complete the recital on 9th day by chanting Devi Aparadha Kshama Prarthana Stotram on 9th day itself.

You should read Siddha Kunjika Stotram after completing the recital of every chapter.



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  1. Siddha Kunchika stotram is to be read once the parayanam is over and in fact we recite after the full Mula parayanam

  2. Very useful information thanks swami saranam

  3. Om Sri Lalitha Paramrswari Ambal Namo Namaha. Hara Hara SSankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara.

  4. Thanks a lot for this post on Navarathri eve. Never knew about Sidha Kunjika Sthothram till now. Seems very important to chant. I am posting in this Sidha Kunjika Sthothram with meaning br P. R. Ramachander Maama for people like me, who did not know. Jaya Jaya Sankara, Hara Hara Sankara! Sri Devyai Namaha!

    Sidha Kunjika Stotram
    (The unhidden song of perfection)

    Translated by
    P.R.Ramachander

    (This great prayer is chanted before the

    reading of Chandi path / Sapthasathi (known

    as Devi Mahathmya) in the northern parts of

    India. It is more thanthric in nature and

    has been taught by Lord Shiva to Goddess

    Parvathi. Devotees believe that just a

    recitation of Sidha Kunjika stotram is

    equivalent to recitation of the complete

    Chandi(Devi Mahatmyam) and also that the

    reading of Chandi Path (Devi Mahatmya)

    would not give complete results without

    reading Sidha Kunjika stotram before it.

    The Sanskrit text of the stotra is

    available in

    http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_devii/sidd

    hakunjikaa.itx. My humble sense of

    gratitude to Sri Akhay Dayal who brought

    this stotra to my notice.)

    Shiva Uvacha:-
    1.Srunu devi pravakshyami Kunjika stotram

    uthamam,
    Yena matra prabhavena chandi Japa Shubho

    Bhaveth.

    Shiva Said,
    Oh Parvathi please hear the great prayer

    called Kunjika,
    By recitation of which , the recitation of

    Devi Mahatmya(Chandi)
    Would become more powerful/auspicious.

    2.Na kavacham, Na argali stotram , kilakam

    , na rahasykam,
    Na sooktham Napi dhyanam cha na nyaso na

    cha varchanam.

    There is no need to recite Kavacham ,

    Argalam , Kilakam and the Rahasya thrayam,
    Nor is it necessary to recite Suktham ,

    Dhyanam , Nyasam and also no need to

    worship.

    (These are preliminary stotras that need to

    be recited before reading of Devi

    Mahatmyam/Chandi/Durga Sapthasathi. Here is

    it told that if this kunjika stotram is

    recited then there is no need to recite all

    these)

    3.Kunjika pata mathrena Durga phalam

    Labheth,
    Athi Guhyataram devi, Devanam abhi

    durlabham.

    Just by reading Kunjika , we would get the

    effect of reading Chandi,
    And Oh Goddess this is a great secret and

    even Devas do not know it.

    4.Gopaneeyam prayathnena swayoniriva

    Parvathi,
    Maranam, Mohanam Vasyam Sthambho

    ucchadanadhikam.
    Pata Mathrena sam sidhayeth Kunjika stotram

    uthamam.

    Oh Parvathi , you decide about the effort

    to keep it as secret
    Because just by reading this great prayer

    on Kunjika , we can easily achieve,
    Murder , attraction , slavery , making

    things motionless by repeated chants,

    5.Atha Manthra:-
    Now the chant:-

    Om Aim, kleem Chamanudayai viche . Om Gloum

    hoom kleem joom sa,
    Jwalaya jwalaya , Jwala, Jwala , prajwala ,

    prajwala ,
    Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundayai viche Jwala,

    ham sam lam ksham phat swaha.

    ( this is a Thanthric chant which consists

    of sounds and words which are meant to

    please the Goddess. “Jwalaya” means “Burn”

    , “Prajwala” Means “set fire.”)

    Ithi Mantra :
    This is the chant

    6.Namasthe Rudra Roopinyai , Namsthe Madhu

    Mardini,
    Nama Kaidabha Harinyai , Namasthe

    Mahishardhini

    Salutations to her who is angry ,

    Salutations to the killer of Madhu,
    Salutations to the winner over Kaidabha ,

    Salutations to the killer of Mahisha.

    7.Namasthe Shumbha hanthryai cha

    Nishumbhasura Gathini ,
    Jagratham hi Maha devi , japam Sidham

    kurushwa may.

    Salutations to the killer of Shumba and the

    killer of Nishumbha,
    Oh Great goddess , please safely give me

    expertise of chanting this.

    8.Aimkari srushti roopayai hreem kari

    prathi palika,
    Kleemkari Kama Roopinyai , bheeja roope

    namosthuthe,

    Salutations to the Goddess who has the form

    of root chants,
    Who by the chant “Aim” has the form of the

    creator,
    Who by the chant “Hreem” has the form of

    one who takes care of,
    And who by the Chant “Kleem” has the form

    of passion(Desire)

    9.Chamunda chanda gathi cha yaikari

    Varadhayini,
    Viche cha abhayadha nithyam namasthe

    Manthra roopini.

    Salutations to goddess who has the form

    made of Chants,
    To the Chamunda who is the killer of Chanda

    ,
    Who by chanting “Ai” grants boons,
    And by Chanting “Viche”, grants protection

    daily.

    10.Dham, Dheem, Dhoom Dhoorjate Pathni,
    Vaam veem Voom Vagadheeswari ,
    Kraam kreem kroom Kalka Devi,
    Saam seem soom may Shubham kuru.

    Dham, Dheem, Dhoom, the wife of Lord Shiva,
    Vaam , veem , Voom , the goddess of speech,
    Kraam, kreem , kroom , the goddess Kali ,
    Saam, seem, soom, , please do good.

    11.Hoom , hoom, hoomkara roopinyai,
    Jam, jam, jam jambha nadhini,
    Breem, breem broom bhairavi ,
    Bhadre bhavanyai they namo nama.

    Hoom , hoom, she who has the form of the

    sound hoom,
    Jam, jam, jam , she who has sound like

    thunderbolt,
    Breem, breem, broom , Goddess Bhairavi,
    Oh Goddess of the good, Oh Bhavani ,

    salutations and salutations to you.

    12.Aam , kam, tam , pam , yam, sam , veem,

    dhoom , iym , veem ham, ksham , dhijagram,
    Dhijagram throtaya , Throtaya deeptham kuru

    kuru swaha,

    Aam , kam, tam , pam , yam, sam , veem,

    dhoom , iym , veem ham, the end of

    devotion,
    Tear apart the end of devotion , throw ,

    throw light , swaha.

    13.Paam, peem, pum Parvathi , poorna, khaam

    , kheem, khoom, Khechari Thadha,
    Saam, seem, soom, sapthasathi devyaa

    manthra sidham kurushwa may.

    Paam, peem, poom , the daughter of the

    mountain who is complete,
    Khaam, kheem, khoom who is also flying in

    the sky,
    Saam, seem, soom , Get me mastery over the

    chant of the Goddess of Devi

    Mahatmya/Chandi/ Sapthasathi

    14.Idham thu Kunjika stotram manthra

    jagarthi hethave,
    Abhakthe naïva dhatavyam , gopitham raksha

    Parvathi.

    This is prayer of the Kunjika which is the

    reason for awakening,
    Oh Parvathi , keep this protected and kept

    secret from those who are not devotees.

    15.Yasthu kunjikaya devi heenaam

    Sapthasathim padeth,
    Na thasya jayathe sidhir aranye , rodhanam

    yadhaa.

    Those who read Sapthasathi without this

    prayer of Kunjika ,
    Would not reach the forest of perfection as

    it would be like a wail there.

    Ithi Sri Rudra Yamale Gowri Thanthre Shiva

    Parvathi samvadhe ,
    Sri Kunjika stotram sampoornam

    Thus ends the prayer to Kunjika which

    occurs in the discussion between Shiva and

    Parvathi, Which occurs in Gowri Thanthra

    and which occurs in Sri Rudra Yamala.

  5. Thanks and very useful information. Since this is sent prior to Navarathri.
    Many Many Thanks. May God bless you all

  6. Dear Sir, could you please write posts on Devi Mahatmyam in English or Tamil as per the schedule you have provided. It will serve immense help for office goers like us to use this opportunity furitfully to contemplate on Devi. – Thanks in advance.

  7. thanks for the information, I have a question: During navratri do we just read the chapters as it is mentioned in hte article or do we have to read somethin before and after the chapters related to the day (I didn’t get it very clear)

  8. Reblogged this on prasadspshetty's Blog and commented:
    Devi Mahatmyam Reading Procedure (Trayangam & Navangam) | Sage of Kanchi

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