Chamunda Maa mantra (also known as Chandi mantra or Navarna Mantra) – Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vichche Namah is a very powerful mantra of Chamunda Devi, which is considered the wrathful form of Durga, but at the same time, the Goddess is kind to her true devotees.
The Sanskrit term ”Chamunda” has been derived from two words, ”Chanda” and ”Munda”, two monsters whom the Goddess killed. According to a legend, Chamunda Maa appeared from the frown of the benign goddess Parvati to kill demons Chanda and Munda. Here, the Goddess is viewed as a form of Parvati.
She is a goddess who is especially revered among Shaktas (Hindu devotees of the Divine Feminine), and She has historically found favor within all strata of Indian society, from the lowest caste to the rulers of India.
In the sacred Hindu scripture Devi Mahatmya, the Goddess emerged as ”Chandika Jayasundara” from an eyebrow of goddess Kaushiki, which is a powerful goddess created from “sheath” of Universal Mother Durga and was assigned the task of eliminating the asuras Munda and Chanda, generals of asura kings Shumbha-Nishumbha.
Chamunda Devi, being a Matrika, is considered one of the chief Yoginis, thought to be the daughters or manifestations of the Matrikas (a group of Hindu goddesses). In the context of a group of 64 yoginis, the Goddess is believed to have created 7 other yoginis, together forming a group of 8.
Chamunda Maa beej mantra lyrics in ancient Sanskrit:
”Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vichche Namah.”
Navarna Mantra (Chandi mantra) meaning on syllables:
- Om – is India’s supreme mantra, the most sacred sound, the Pranava. Om (or Aum) is the primordial sound and the entire creation is a manifestation of this mystic sound.
- Aim – is the energy of desire, creation, Mahasaraswati.
- Hrim – is everything that can be known through intuition or meditation, perceived by the senses, conceived in the mind, and beyond. Hrim is MahaLakshmi.
- Klim – energy of wisdom, destruction, Mahakali.
- Chamunda – the Slayer of passion and anger, moves in the head.
- Yai – The Grantor of Boons.
- Vich – means all that is knowable which is called Samvit.
- Che – means of consciousness.
- Namah – means non-ego.
Benefits of chanting Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vichche Namah:
Mantras are powerful tools. If we chant them in a specific frequency, they invigorate the brain, the central organ of the human being. The brain stimulates the body and mind. Ultimately, this total system of our personality activates, leading to confidence and strength.
The benefit of chanting this powerful mantra is to facilitate concentration of mind and for the accelerated fulfillment of desires and aspirations. The Navarna Mantra is very effective as it helps the practitioner to sustain wealth, abundance, prosperity, joy, bliss, and happiness, and protect and defend us from the inauspicious effect of negative planets, bad luck and setbacks due to enemies.
Sacred places of Goddess
Chamundeswari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. This amazing temple was named after Durga or Chamundeeswari, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas.
In Gujarat, two Chamunda shrines are on the hills of Panera and Chotila – Kichakeshwari Temple, near the Baripada, Charchika Temple, near Banki and Vaital Deula in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
I recommend an initiation into this mantra, performed by a spiritual teacher, before starting chanting it.