|| ॐ ह्रीं ॐ ||
सर्वमंगलमंगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके ।
शरर्ण्ये त्रयम्बके गौरी नारायणि नमो अस्तु ते ॥
Om shri ganeshaya namha Jai Guru Dev
The Sacred Book Of Supreme Power
Sri Durga Saptasati or The Devi Mahatmya
(The Glory of the Divine Mother)
Chapter – 1 | Chapter – 2 | Chapter – 3 | Chapter – 4 | Chapter – 5 | Chapter – 6 | Chapter – 7
Chapter – 8 | Chapter – 9 | Chapter – 10 | Chapter – 11 | Chapter – 12 | Chapter – 13
INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVI MAHATMYA
The Devi Mahatmya or the Durga Saptasati is a unique book in this world. It is the base and the root of the religion of the Saktas. It is a Kamadhenu for one and all; it gives whatever man wants. It gives Bhakti in this world and Mukti afterwards. It is a powerful reservoir of Mantras from the beginning to the end. Every verse of this text is a dynamic force which acts powerfully in overhauling the nature of man.
The first verse of the text implies that the whole book is an explanation of the root of the Devi-Mantra, viz., —Hreem. There are many commentaries on this text which explain it either in a mystical way or in the ordinary manner. Whatever be the case, the Mantras of the Saptasati are not to be neglected by one who wishes to lead a good and peaceful life in this world.
The conception of the Infinite as Mother is not an altogether meaningless one. The Rigveda bears testimony to the fact that even in such ancient times, there was the persistent belief that the Ruler is the All-compassionate Mother. Further, Mother is the personality that appeals most to the human heart. Moreover the conception of the Divinity as Devi, Durga or Sri, is not merely a theory but a practical way of life. It is a particular view which cannot be set aside. It is as important as any school of religious belief, and is one of the most important reigning branches of Hindu religion—Vaishnavism, Saivism and Saktaism. Even a subtle philosopher cannot dispense with the conception of Sakti, for he is essentially an embodiment of Power, and he has love for power. The highest Intelligence and the most speculative metaphysics is only a manifestation of Jnana-Sakti and is not outside the range of Saktaism. Let us therefore adore and worship the Glorious Mother for the purpose of attaining Wisdom or Self-realisation!
The Saptasati may be read daily so as to be completed in seven days in the following manner of division of chapters: 1, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2—first; second and third; fourth; fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth; ninth and tenth; eleventh; twelfth and thirteenth. This is the traditional rule. The Saptasati may be read with any motive in the mind, and that shall be fulfilled. Read it for any purpose in life, and that you shall have. Read it for the sake of Spiritual Knowledge, and you will be blessed with it. Since Sakti is the basis for all Ichcha (Desire), Jnana (Knowledge) and Kriya (Action), man cannot fall outside the realm or the kingdom of Sakti. The whole man is but Sakti, and hence he shall have everything through worship of Sakti.
May the blessings of Devi Durga be upon you all! May She bless you all with spiritual illumination and Self-realisation!
The best way to read Durga Saptashati ढुर्गासप्तशती
ढुर्गासप्तशती Durga SaptaShati
The reading of Durga SaptaShati (Devi Mahaatmyam) during Navaraatri is to be done follows:
Chapter 1 (Madhu kaitabha samhaara) is to be read for 1st day,
Chapter 2, 3 and 4 (Mahishhasura samhaara) to be read on 2nd day,
Chapter 5 and 6 (Dhuumralochana vadha) on the 3rd day,
Chapter 7 (Chanda Munda vadha) on 4th day,
Chapter 8 (Rakta biija samhaara) on 5th day,
Chapter 9 and 10 (Shumbha Nishumbha vadha) on 6th day,
Chapter 11 (Praise of Narayani) on 7th day,
Chapter 12 (Phalastuti) on 8th day,
Chapter 13 (Blessings to Suratha and the Merchant)on 9th day
Chapter 14 (Aparadha Kshamaprarthana) on 10th day
NOTE: Always recite Siddha Kunjika Stotram ( सिद्धकुञ्जिकास्तोत्रम् ) after reading every chapters.
कुंजिकापाठमात्रेण दुर्गापाठफलं लभेत् ।
Siddha Kunjika Stotram ( सिद्धकुञ्जिकास्तोत्रम् ) alone provides all the benefits of Durga SaptaShati