Durga is the universal mother Goddess. She is the supreme feminine divinity Adi-Parashakthi herself. Durga literally means ‘a fort’ and her name stands for ‘the one who is invincible’. She is the embodiment of all shakthis, the great powers and remains the prime female deity of the Hindu pantheon. She is also called at times as Durgatinasini, the one who removes sufferings and sorrow. She is both the protector of the good and the destroyer of evil. She is believed to be eternal, with no beginning or end, and is regarded as Swayambhu, the one who manifested on her own.
8 Powerful Durga Mantras
Now let us learn about 8 powerful mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Maa Durga Dhyan Mantra
Om jataa jut samaayuktamardhendu krit lakshnam
Lochanyatra sanyuktam padmendu sadya shan naam
This is a dhyana sloka that can clear distractions and help the mind to focus on the divine. Hence, it is recommended that all prayers to mother Goddess should begin with its chanting.
This can be regarded as perhaps the most popular hymn addressed to Goddess Durga. It hails her as extremely auspicious, pure and holy. She is also Gauri, the mountain king’s daughter and is the universal mother who protects her devotees. The hymn bows to her with great reverence.
This hymn is the one that is chanted in all worships, rituals and festivals, and its recitation is believed to bring in wisdom, strength and prosperity.
Devi Stuti Mantra
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, namonamaha
Devi Stuti is also a very frequently used mantra dedicated to the Devi. It addresses the Goddess as the universal mother and as a symbol of aspects like intelligence, beauty and power, and pays obeisance to her. It is believed that chanting this mantra can bestow devotees with positive vibrations, wealth and power.
Durga Shatru-Shanti Mantra
Ripavah sankshayam yaanti kalyaanam chop padyate
Nandate cha kulam punsaam maahaatmyam mam srinu yaanmam
This is a mantra that seeks divine protection from Maa Durga against all forms of negativities, adversities and enmities. Reciting this mantra with faith, it is said, can remove fear and danger, and bless one with courage, peace and joy.
Maa Durga-Duh-Swapna-Nivaaran Mantra
Shanti karmani sarvatra tatha duh swapna darshane
Grah pidaasu chograsu maahaatmyam srinu yaanmam
‘Duh Swapna’ is bad dream and ‘Nivaran’ is relief. True to its name, this hymn has the ability to stop fearful dreams and mental illusions. This can also help to clear bad omens and act as a shield against the ill effects of unfavorable planetary placements. This can prove to be a tonic for developing faith in oneself and a confidence-booster.
Maa Durga-Sarv-Baadha-Mukti Mantra
Sarvaa baadhaa vinirmukto dhan dhaanya sutaanvitah
Manushyo matprasaaden bhavishyati na sanshayah
This hymn is an effective obstacle remover. It can prove to be a panacea to all those who feel unlucky in life, as this mantra has the power to clear obstacles, unfortunate happenings and the resulting miseries. Chanting this mantra with trust can also bless eligible couples with the gift of progeny, it is widely believed.
Durga Ashaant Shishu Shanti Pradaayak Mantra
Baal grah bhibhutaanaam baalaanam shantikaarkam
Sanghatbhede chnrinaam maetri karan mutmam
This Durga mantra can ensure the well-being of babies and children, and hence is considered a gift for the parents. This can remove fear of darkness, ghosts and evil spirits from the minds of the young and provide them with the courage to face life with faith.
Sharnaagat deenaart paritraan paraayaney | servasyartihareydevinaaraayaninamostutey ||
Sarvasvaroopey sarveshey sarvshakti samanvietey | bhayebhyahtraahi no devidurgedevinamostutey ||
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 ||
This Shakti mantra dedicated to Goddess Durga can propitiate the Goddess immensely and earn for the devotees her blessings in the form of protection and manifold benefits.
Regular chanting of these mantras with devotion can being in good times in abundance and pave the way for a change for the better.