Chandi Homam (Yagya) or Maa Chandi Havan or Chandi Homa, an auspicious fire sacrifice ritual dedicated to Goddess Chandi or Chandika, is one of the most significant Havan or Homam among all the Homas performed by Hindus, in India, Nepal and other countries.
Many Homas are performed for removing personal problems,national problems and maintaining worldly peace, auspicious Chandi Homa is one of them.
Chandi or Chandika is a supreme Goddess in Hindu religion. Goddess Chandi is the combined form of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga, the ferocious form of Godess. She is believed to be the most ferocious incarnation of cosmic energy or Adi Parashakti, the mother of all the energies is considered responsible for creation (Rajas), sustenance (Sattva or Satvika) and destruction (Tamas). She is terribly angry with those who act evil. She keeps slaying the bad elements or demons(Asur) who act evil according to Devi Mahatmya, a great poem of seven hundred verses (also called Durga Saptasati or Chandi) celebrating the destruction of demons. The incarnation of cosmic energy, Supreme Goddess Chandi is worshipped through chanting of mantras and performing Chandi Homa or Chandi Homam to get her blessings.
When to perform Chandi Homam?
The best time or Muhurat to perform Chandi Homa is considered to be during the nine days of auspicious Navratri, dedicated to Supreme Goddess (nine forms of Ma Durga). It can be also performed on Amavasyas and other festivals. The Homam during the daytime and finish all the rituals before the sunset.
How to perform Chandi Homam?
Chandi, the fiercest form of the Goddess (among all the nine forms of Ma Durga), who is the main Goddess of the famous Devi Mahatmya, a great poem of seven hundred independent Mantra(stanzas or sub-stanzas) or verses (also called Durga Saptasati or Chandi) thirteen chapters of the Markandeya Purana , which celebrates the destruction of demons or Asur, Madhu, kaitabh, Mahisasur(bull) and Shumbha, Nishumbha, according to the tales.
Chandi Homa is performed by chanting Mantras from the Durga Saptashati and prescribed religious offerings into the sacrificial fire(Havan or Homam).To please Goddess Chandi the nine- lettered Navakshari Mantra, one of the main mantras is chanted during the Shakti Puja. It is also known as Navarna Mantra or Navavarna Mantra. The other Mantra called Argala Stotra, Devi Kavacham and Keelaka Stotra, Sri Vidhya Mantra and Chandi mantra: ‘Aim Hrim Klim Chamundaye Vichhe’ are chanted. Kumari Puja, Suvasini Puja are also performed as the parts of Puja rituals of Chandi Homa.
Different kinds of Chandi Homa
The Durga Saptashati contains 700 secret and powerful mantras in 13 chapters and three sections.
Prathama Charithra (First Part):
Madhyama Charithram (Second Part):
Uthama Charithram (Third Part):
Chandi Homam or Chandi Yagya :10 times chanting of Saptashati and one time Homa or yagya.
Shatachandi Homa or Shatachandi Yagya : 100 times chanting of Saptashati and 10 times Homa or Yagya.
Sahsrachandi Homa or Sahsrachandi Yagya : 1000 times chanting and 100 times Homa or Yagya.
Ayudachandi Homa or Ayudachandi Yagya: 10000 times chanting and 1000 times Homa or Yagya.
Lakshachandi Homa or Lakshachandi Yagya :- 100000 times chanting and 10000 times Homa or Yagya.
Argala Stotra, Devi Kavacham and Keelaka Stotra should be chanted along with performing the Homa rituals. With the recitation of each Mantra, offerings should be made into the Homa (sacred sacrifical fire) invoking the Supreme Goddess.
What are the benefits of Chandi Homa?
With the blessings of Goddess, recitation of Durga Saptashati and Chandi Homam, you may be able to remove the obstacles and negativity from your life, protect yourself from serious illness and will be blessed with good health, wealth, success, prosperity, name, fame, political power, mental peace and victory over enemies.