Goddess Durga is also known as Shakti or Devi, who is the protective mother of the universe. Thus, Maa Durga is the epitome of a true womanhood. In Sanskrit, Durga means ‘a fort’ or ‘a place that is difficult to overrun,’ an apt metaphor for this deity’s protective, militant nature. Also, Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into “the one who eliminates sufferings.” Devi Durga is the nurturer, caregiver, protector and at times, also the destroyer when necessary. Just like a mother, she loves everyone intensely like her children and gets angry too in the same way. Maa Durga is the truest manifestation of Shakti and the core essence of the whole cosmos at its roots.
As a result, Maa Durga is one of the Hindu’s most worshipped and powerful deities. She protects of all that is good and harmonious in the world. Hence, appeasing Devi Maa gives us protection from all evils and negativity. Especially, during the time of Navaratri, it is considered highly auspicious to offer special prayers to her.
Hence, out of many different methods to please Maa Durga, one the ways it to chant her mantras. It is believed that chanting mantras of Maa Durga has the power to change our lives. The mantras are carefully chosen which helps to rectify different kinds of troubles and challenges in life. Chanting these mantras faithfully and with sincerity bestows blessings of Maa Durga in abundance to transform your life and gives us more Shakti. Here, are 8 Powerful Durga Mantras to please the Goddess.
1. Maa Durga Dhyan Mantra
जटा जूट समायुक्तमर्धेंन्दु कृत लक्षणाम
लोचनत्रय संयुक्तां पद्मेन्दुसद्यशाननाम
Om jataa jut samaayuktamardhendu krit lakshnam
Lochanyatra sanyuktam padmendu sadya shan naam
It is highly recommended that we should begin to chant this mantra before chanting any other Durga Mantra. This mantra helps us to focus and maintain concentration. Thus, it is an important mantra for everyone.
2. Durga Mantra
सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते
Sarva Mangala Mangalye Sive Sarvartha Sadhike
Saranye Trayambike Gauri Narayani Namostute
This beautiful mantra is recited during almost all the celebrations, rituals and events of Maa Durga. Also a highly powerful mantra, it means that Devi Maa is the most auspicious one and the one who bestows auspiciousness upon all of the world. She is pure and holy who protects those who surrender to her and is also called the Mother of the three worlds. She is Gauri, daughter of mountain king and we bow down to Mother Durga again and again. We worship her.’ Regular chanting of this mantra can give wisdom and strength along with a prosperous life.
3. Devi Stuti Mantra
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु क्षान्तिरूपेण संस्थिता
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु शक्तिरूपेण संस्थिता
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु बुद्धिरूपेण संस्थिता
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः
Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, shanti rupena sangsthita
Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, shakti rupena sangsthita
Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, matri rupena sangsthita
Yaa devi sarva bhuteshu, buddhi rupena sangsthita
Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha
This Durga Mantra blesses one with power, prosperity and positive energy. It helps to build inner power and allows the devotee to develop healthy, loving relationships. Chanting of this Mantra blocks negative thoughts and banish ignorance. The meaning of this mantra is that
‘The goddess who is omnipresent as the personification of universal mother
The goddess who is omnipresent as the embodiment of power
The goddess who is omnipresent as the symbol of peace
Oh, Goddess (Devi) who resides everywhere in all living beings as intelligence and beauty,
I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her again & again.’
4. Maa Durga-Duh-Swapna-Nivaaran Mantra
शान्तिकर्मणि सर्वत्र तथा दु:स्वप्नदर्शने
ग्रहपीडासु चोग्रासु माहात्म्यं श्रृणुयान्मम
Shanti karmani sarvatra tatha duh swapna darshane
Grah pidaasu chograsu maahaatmyam srinu yaanmam
Maa Durga – Duh-Swapna- Nivaaran mantra helps to get rid of nightmares and bad omens. Also, we can chant this mantra to achieve peace when going through difficult phases and rough patches in life. This mantra has the power to nullify the malefic effects of bad planetary movements. Thus, this mantra removes all kinds of fears and plants confidence and hope in the hearts of individuals.
5. Durga Shatru-Shanti Mantra
रिपव: संक्षयम् यान्ति कल्याणम चोपपद्यते
नन्दते च कुलम पुंसाम माहात्म्यम मम श्रृणुयान्मम
Ripavah sankshayam yaanti kalyaanam chop padyate
Nandate cha kulam punsaam maahaatmyam mam srinu yaanmam
Every one of us is believed to have negative influences or its effects on our lives. They also could be in the form of adversaries and enemies. Thus, this is a mantra of Goddess Durga which helps to seek protection against all the negativeness, enemies and adversaries. It protects us and sends all those people who are jealous and ill-wishers away. In fact, it is believed that this mantra even has the power to destroy our enemies. Chanting this mantra can bring a balance, prosperity, bliss, and peace in life.
6. Maa Durga-Sarv-Baadha-Mukti Mantra
सर्वाबाधाविनिर्मुक्तो धन धान्य सुतान्वित
मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यती न संशय
Sarvaa baadhaa vinirmukto dhan dhaanya sutaanvitah
Manushyo matprasaaden bhavishyati na sanshayah
We are usually bogged down by obstacles and delays in life, most call it a bad luck. For such instances, Durga Sarv Baadha Mukti Mantra is an important mantra for our rescue. Thus, this mantra is a protection against miseries and other misfortunes. It is popularly believed that the ones unable to conceive a child, should also chant this mantra to have a child.
7. Durga Ashaant Shishu Shanti Pradaayak Mantra
बालग्रहभिभूतानां बालानां शांतिकारकं
सङ्घातभेदे च नृणाम मैत्रीकरणमुतमम
Baal grah bhibhutaanaam baalaanam shantikaarkam
Sanghatbhede ch nrinaam maetri karan mutmam
This is a very useful mantra especially for the parents, as it helps to calm a restless and fearful baby. When one’s child suffers from spectral problems and is haunted by negative souls, then the parents can chant this Durga Mantra for their child’s protection. Usually, many children are afraid of the dark, feel unnatural and spectral beings are troubling them (bhoot prêt, atma) and thus they feel haunted. It is said that chanting this mantra, Durga Devi helps to eliminate any negative energy that is disturbing one’s child.
8. Shakti Mantra
शरणागत दीनार्तपरित्राण परायणे। सर्वस्यातिहरे देवि नारायण नमोस्तुते
सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वेशक्तिसमन्विते । भयेभ्यस्त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवि नमोऽस्तु ते
रोगनशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा। रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान्
त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां। त्वमाश्रिता हृयश्रयतां प्रयान्ति
सर्वाबाधा प्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि। एवमेव त्वया कार्यमस्मद्दैरिविनाशनम्
सर्वाबाधा विर्निर्मुक्तो धनधान्यसुतान्वित:। मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशय
जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी । दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते
sharnaagat deenaart paritraan paraayaney, servasyarti harey devi naaraayani namostutey
Sarvasvaroopey sarveshey sarvshakti samanvietey, bhayebhyah traahi no devi durge devi namostutey
Rogaan shoshaan pahansitushtarushtatu kaamaan saklaan bhishtaan, tvaam aashritaanaam na vipannaraanam, tvaamaashritaahya shraytaam prayaanti
Sarva badha prashmanan trailokya syakhileshwari, evamevmev tvayaa kaaryam sma dveri vinaashnam
Sarvaa baadha vinirumk to dhan dhaanya sutaan vitah. Manushyo mat prasaaden bhavishyati na sansha yah
Dehi saubhaagyam aarogyam dehi devi param sukham
Rupam dehi jayam dehi yasho dehi dvisho jahi
Jyanti mangalaa kaali bhadra kaali kapaalinee durgaa kshamaa shivaa dhaatree swaahaa svadhaa namo stutey
Chanting this mantra pleases Durga Maa, which as a result protects the devotees from all the evils and miss-happenings and will be in our favor in every aspect of life. The meaning of this mantra is that,
You who are perpetually endeavoring to protect the weak and the poor and remove their misery. Oh Narayani, I pray to you.
Oh Goddess Durga, please protect us from all kinds of fear. Oh omnipotent Durga, I pray to you.
Oh, Goddess, when you are pleased, remove all ailments and when you are angry, destroy everything that a person desires for. However, those who come to you for sanctuary never have to confront any catastrophe. Instead, such people secure enough merit to provide shelter to others.
Whoever listens to the story of the Goddess during the great Puja that is organized in the winters succeeds in overcoming all obstacles and is blessed wealth and progeny.
Oh Goddess, bless me with good fortune, good health, good looks, success, and fame. Oh Vaishnavi, you are the very basis for the world. You have mesmerized the World. When you are pleased with someone you ensure his salvation from the cycle of life and death.
Oh Goddess, you who are known by the names of Mangala, Kali, Bhadra Kali, Kapalinee, Durge, Kshama, Shivaa, Dhatri, Swahaa, Swadha, I pray to you.’
The mantras come from our mann, thus, chanting mantras is an easy method to connect to our inner-self. Chanting of the Durga Mantras continuously affects both the chanter and the listener symbolically. These are words with great power and have the potential to help solve one’s issues and relax the mind. Mantras to Goddess Durga are famous in Hinduism and are very effective for creating positive change in one’s life. Still, there is a set of etiquette that needs to be followed while chanting these powerful mantras to received the best results.
People offer aarti to Maa Durga and also sing the songs of Durga to please her with your prayers and chants. Above all, devotion alone is the key to please Durga, without which everything else would have no real meaning. Jai Durga Maa!