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Durga Stotra, Suktam, Kavacham, Argala, Keelakam, Namavali, Kunjika Prayers

The worship of Durga done by 108 Namavali, Bhawani Ashtkam, Devi Suktam, Tandav Stotra, Chandi Kavacham, Argala, Keelakam, Kunjika prayer and Chandika Hridaya hymn. Goddess Durga called the mother and it means inaccessible in Hinduism.

Bhawani rides on the lion, which is the symbol of the religion. Devi has trident and sword to prevent her devotees from all obstacles. "Devi Mahatamya" is the great Hindu literature of her. "Durga Sapatsati" is part of "Devi Mahatamya" with 700 Shalokas. Sapatsati is a mythological book about Mata Jagdamba. Narvana mantra has three Beej elements of Goddess, Aim for Saraswati, Hrim for Lakshmi and Klim mantra for Kaali.


Durga Namavali - Bhawani Ashtkam - Chandika Ashtkam - Devi Sukt

According to Durga Sapatsati, Goddess Shakti contains the powers of other great deities. She is known as the form of Goddess Parvati also. Her other forms are ten great powers called "Mahavidhya". Mahakali considers as first Mahavidhya in Hindu mythology. Vaishno Devi is the one other form of Mata Ambika. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi Yatra is considered a holy and important trip.


Goddess Jagdambika has thousands of names. These are 10 most famous names of Durga with their meaning. Despite of this, she had 9 other forms which are worshipped during Navratri festival and called NavDurga.

What are the 10 names of Goddess Durga with meanings?

  • Durga - One who is inaccessible
  • Jagdamba - Mother of the universe
  • Bhawani - Mother of the world
  • Shakti - One who has powers
  • Ambika - Form of Parvati
  • Bhagwati - One who has all prosperity
  • Amba - Form of Parvati
  • Maheshwari - Wife of Lord Shiva
  • Chandi - One who destroy demon Chand
  • Tripursundri - Most beautiful

What are the names of Nav Durga with their meanings?

  • ShellPutri (शैलपुत्री) - Daughter of Himalaya
  • Brhamcharini (ब्रह्मचारिणी) - Who is pure
  • Chandraghanta (चन्द्रघंटा) - One who has bell in hands
  • Kushmanda (कूष्माण्डा) - Goddess of world
  • Eeshkandmata (स्कंदमाता) - Mother of Lord Eeshkand
  • Katayayni (कात्यायनी) - Mother of Kartikeya
  • Kaalratri (कालरात्रि) - Goddess of Doomsday
  • Mahagouri (महागौरी) - Most beautiful Goddess
  • Siddidatri (सिद्धिदात्री) - Goddess of miracles

32 Durga Namavali Stotra - दुर्गा नामावली स्तोत्र

This is 32 names of Devi Durga, which is mentioned in Sapatsati. It is used during adoration of her to defend against enemies and fear. Recitation of her names gives happiness in life.

Bhawani Ashtkam (octet) - भवानी अष्टकम

This is very emotional and lovely ode of Bhawani in which devotee offering his all to mother and apologizes for any mistake. You can hear the Bhawanyashtkam. This hymn starts with 'न तातो न माता, न बन्धुर्न दाता, न पुत्रो न पुत्री न भ्रत्यो न भर्ता, न जाया न विद्या न वर्तिमम्मेव गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि'.

Chandika Ashtkam (octet) - चंडिका अष्टक

This is another octet of Goddess Chandika known as Chandikashtkam.

Tantrokt Devi Suktam - तन्त्रोक्तं देवी सूक्तं

Most of the devotees of Shakti know about Devi Suktam, it is already described in Markendaya Puran and Sapatsati. Adorers bow the mother Goddess repeatedly in this hymn and do and praise his glory.

Chandika Hridaya Stotra - Devi Tandav Prayer - Jagdamba Ashtottara Satnam

Durga Ashtottara Satnam Stotra - दुर्गा अष्टोतरशतनाम स्त्रोत्र

You can read 108 names of Devi in this Ashtottara Satnam Stotram. If it recited on a daily routine, it can give wealth, health and knowledge and save the devotees from any type of fears and enemy.

Chandika Hridaya Stotra - चंडिका हृदय स्त्रोत्र

Mostly it is used for Asht Karma. Anyone should recite this prayer in the guidance of own Guru. Chandika Hridaya Stotra, which can be used for Tantrik purpose.

Shri Devi Tandav Prayer - श्रीदेवी तांडव स्त्रोत्रम

It assumed when Devi becomes angry, she does a dance in the form of Tandav, and Tandav Stotra is used for destroying enemies and for getting the boon of Durga.

Bhagwati Argala Stotra - Chandi Kavcham - Shakti Kilak - Durga Kavacham

Chandi Kavch, Argala, and Keelakam are most important prayers in Durga Sapatsati and the reader should read these three prayers before recitation the chapters of Sapatsati.

Durga Kavach (armor) - दुर्गा कवचम

This Ambika kavcham can saves devotee's all obstacles during the recitation of prayers or chants or under any circumstances.

Chandi Kavacham - चंडी कवच

The Chandi Armor prevents unwanted circumstances in life and saves the life from dangers. Through Armor, devotee says to Goddess Chandi to save his/her life, body, and removes all sorrows or dangers. Chandi Kavacham is for protecting soul and positive energy.

Bhagwati Argala Stotra - भगवती अर्गला स्त्रोत्र

Durga Argala Stotram should be recited after Chandika Kavacham because any Armor has a lock and the key. So the Argala is known as a locking-chain.

Durga Keelakam Stotram - दुर्गा कीलक स्त्रोत्र

Shakti Kilak should be recited after Chandi Kavch because Keelakam is known as the key of an armor.

Mahishasur Mardini Stotra - Devi Apraadh Kshmapan Ode - Kunjika Stotra

Shri Kunjika Stotra - श्री कुंजिका स्त्रोत्रम

According to Kunjika Strotra, Lord Shiva says "Devi, Listen carefully, one of the best Kunjika, which makes recitation of Chandi adoration successful. No need to read Kavacham, Argala, Kilak or Rahasya, and no need to recite Suktam, meditation or Nayasam, only reading of Kunjika Stotra can gives all fruitful results of Durga path. Actually, Kunjika means the key of Durga-Sapatsati, it means one should recite this before starting worship of her.

Mahishasur Mardini Stotra - महिषासुर मर्दिनी स्त्रोत्र

Goddess Jagdambika killed the demon Mahishasur in a terrible war, thus she called Mahishasur Mardini. Then, all deities sung this ode from the sky.

Shree Devi Apraadh Kshmapan Stotra - श्री देवी अपराध क्षमापन स्त्रोत्रम

After completion of adoration, everyone should read the Devi Apraadh Kshmapan prayer in which native begs sorry to her for any mistake in the prayer, this prayer sounds very pleasant and emotional. After praise, perform the Durga Aarti in the loudest voice. You can Listen the Stotra.

Shri Sapt Shloki Stotra - श्री दुर्गा सप्त श्लोकी स्त्रोत्र

ॐ अस्य श्री दुर्गा सप्त श्लोकी स्त्रोत्रमंत्रस्य नारायण ऋषिः, अनुष्टुप छन्दः, श्री महाकाली महालक्ष्मी महासरस्वत्यो देवताः, श्री जगदम्बा प्रीत्यर्थे पाठे विनियोग:.

ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसी देवी भगवती ही सा, बलादाकृष्य मोहाय महामाया प्रयच्छति ||१||
(प्रथम चरित्र - प्रथम अध्याय) (प्रथम चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "ऐं") (मुख्य देवता - महाकाली)

दुर्गे स्मर्ता हरसि भीतिमशेष जन्तोः स्वस्थे: स्मर्ता मतिमतीव शुभां ददासि, दारिद्रय दुख: हारिणी का त्वदन्या सर्वोपकार करणाय सदार्द चित्ता ||२||
(मध्यम चरित्र - चतुर्थ अध्याय) (मध्यम चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "ह्रीं") (मुख्य देवता - महालक्ष्मी)

सर्व मंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वाथ साधिके, शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्तुते ||३||
(उत्तर चरित्र - एकादश अध्याय) (उत्तर चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "क्लीं") (मुख्य देवता - महासरस्वती)

शरणागत दीनार्त परित्राण परायणे, सर्वस्यार्ती हरे देवी नारायणी नमोस्तुते ||४||
(उत्तर चरित्र - एकादश अध्याय) (उत्तर चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "क्लीं") (मुख्य देवता - महासरस्वती)

सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्व शक्ति समन्विते, भयेभ्य स्त्राहि नो देवी दुर्गे देवी नमोस्तुते ||५||
(उत्तर चरित्र - एकादश अध्याय) (उत्तर चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "क्लीं") (मुख्य देवता - महासरस्वती)

रोगानशेषांपहंसी तुष्टा रुष्टा तु कामान सकलानभिष्टान, त्वामा श्रितानाम न विपन्नराणाम त्वामाश्रिता ह्रां शयताम प्रयान्ति ||६||
(उत्तर चरित्र - एकादश अध्याय) (उत्तर चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "क्लीं") (मुख्य देवता - महासरस्वती)

सर्व बाधा प्रशमनं त्रिलोक्य स्याखिलेश्वरी, एवमेव त्वया कार्यं अस्मद वैरी विनाशनम ||७||
(उत्तर चरित्र - एकादश अध्याय) (उत्तर चरित्र मुख्य बीज - "क्लीं") (मुख्य देवता - महासरस्वती)


इस सप्त श्लोकी स्त्रोत्र का पठन, सप्तशती के पठन के सदृश है. इसमें देवी के तीनो चरित्रों के श्लोको का समावेश है जो महाकाली, महासरस्वती और महालक्ष्मी की प्रसन्नता हेतु पठित किये जाते हैं. प्रथम चरित्र का पाठ महाकाली की प्रसन्नता के लिए किया जाता है पर इसका मुख्य बीज "ऐं" है जिसको महासरस्वती का बीज माना जाता हैं, और उत्तर चरित्र का पाठ महासरस्वती की प्रसन्नता हेतु किया जाता है, परन्तु इसका मुख्य बीज "क्लीं" है जो की महाकाली का बीज है. अस्तु इस रहस्य को ज्ञान नेत्र वाले लोग ही समझ सकते है. वस्तुत तीनो देवी शक्तियां एक ही शक्ति है जिनका सम्मिलित रूप ही माता दुर्गा है.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Goddess Durga and how was she born?

Durga is a form of pure energy who is born by the all deities for saving the world from demon Mahishasur. All deities gave various things, boon and powers to her.

What are the best days to worship Jagdamba?

Best days for worship her are during Navratri. Ashtami and Chaudash of Shukla Paksha and the night of Dipavali are also the best time for worship. Here are 6 powerful ways for Durga Sadhna.

What is connection of Durga with astrology?

Devi Jagdamba is associated with the planet Mercury. If someone has the weak position of Mercury in a horoscope, veneration of her can give relief. Because, weak Mercury is indication of low respect and mind instability.

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