The third day of Navratri is dedicated to Chandraghanta Devi. Let us find out who Chandraghanta is, and what her story tells is...
After the wedding of Shiva and Parvati was fixed and the day finally arrived, Shiva visited Parvati's father, king Himavan's palace in his usual self - complete with the leopard skin, matted hair, ash smeared on his body and his snake Vasuki, around his neck, completely naïve about the first impression it would create in the mind of Parvati's family.
Not only this, in the marriage procession came his followers comprising ghosts, ghouls, goblins, ascetics and so on. All this was a shock to Parvati's family, and her mother actually fainted!
To salvage the situation and avoid any embarrassment to either her parents or Shiva, Parvati took the form of the terrorizing Chandraghanta - complete with ten hands, holding a Trishul and riding a tiger!
She then approached Shiva and requested him to take the form of a handsome prince and make the marriage procession a bit nobler. Shiva agreed and then finally the marriage of Shiva and Parvati took place as per the rituals.
The third day of Navratri is dedicated to maa Chandraghanta.