Devi Mahatmyam Reading Procedure



Devi Mahatmyam (Durga Saptashati or Chandi Path) is a powerful text dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The reading procedure of Devi Saptashati is given here in detail version. Many devotees are confused on how to recite this powerful text – on which day, which adhyaya (chapter) needs to be chanted..

There are two methods to start reading Devi Mahatmym – Trayangam and Navangam.

Trayangam is a method in which we need to chant three prayers – Devi Kavacham, Argala Stotram and Devi Keelakam followed by Navakshari Mantram.

Navangam is a method for which nine prayers are recited prior of starting reading the book. Navangam stotrams are: Devi Nyasa, Devi Avahana, Devi Namani, Argala Stotram, Keelaka Stotram, Devi Hrudaya, Dhala, Devi Dhyana and Devi Kavacha.

As per the prescribed methods in ancient scriptures, Devi Mahatmya should be read in one sitting. After finishing the recital of Devi Mahatmya, one should chant the Devi Suktam (slokas 7 to 36 of Chapter 8).

Devi Saptashati Parayana in 3 days & 7 days

Apart from one sitting recital, devotees read Devi mahatmya for three consecutive days: Prathama Charitra or 1st Chapter on first day, Madhyama Charitra (2, 3, 4 chapters) on 2nd day, and Uttama Charitra (5-13 chapters) on third day.

Some devotees also read Devi Mahatmya in 7 days. They chant 1st Chapter on first day, 2-3 chapters on 2nd day, 4th chapter on 3rd day, 5-8 chapters on 4th day, 9-10 chapters on 5th day, 11th chapter on 6th day and 12-13 chapters on 7th day.

Each chapter should be read in single sitting. Due to any reason, Parayana is stopped in between a chapter; the whole chapter should be read again.

The order of reciting Durga Saptashati Parayana daily is: Trayanga Mantra, Devi Mahatmya text followed by Devi Suktam.

Many devotees read Durga Saptashati during Navratri Durga Puja 9/10 days.. Here is the procedure to read Devi Mahatmyam during Navratri

How to read Durga Saptashati (Devi Mahatmyam) during Navratri festival

1st day: Chapter 1 (Madhu kaitabha samhaaram)

2nd day: Chapter 2, 3 and 4 (Mahishhasura samhaara)

3rd day: Chapter 5 and 6 (Dhuumralochana vadha)

4th day: Chapter 7 (Chanda Munda vadha)

5th day: Chapter 8 (Rakta biija samhaara)

6th day: Chapter 9 and 10 (Shumbha Nishumbha vadha)

7th day: Chapter 11 (Praise of Narayani)

8th day: Chapter 12 (Phalastuti – reciting merits or benefits)

9th day: Chapter 13 (Blessings to Suratha and the Merchant)

10th day: Chapter 14 (Aparadha Kshamaprarthana) on 10th day

You can also complete the recital on 9th day by chanting Devi Aparadha Kshama Prarthana Stotram on 9th day itself.

You should read Siddha Kunjika Stotram after completing the recital of every chapter.

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37 replies

  1. I am unable ti offer a comment but would only say that I am overjoyed to hear and learn of Devi!s victory over the asuras. I beleive Devi as my mother as the Universal Mother.

    • I read lots of confused question but seen hardly satisfactory logical reply. Once upon time i was very confused too with ritual. Asked one question ,instead getting proper reply more confusion occured. I was fed up and decided what my heart say . As i have full faith in Ma i started with Ganesh Mantra followed by sidhhkunjika strom , Saptsatipath ended with Lord Shiva’s panchakshar mantra. I try to do everyday. Believe me i feel so good and I always feel Mataji is around me guiding me in every steps. I even do not need to ask any material things. My wishes fulfilled in magical way n good positive energy in my house so i learnt that love and faith is most important than any rituals n sequences.

  2. Hi, this post was very helpful. I’d appreciate a clarification on the chapter in which Devi Suktam (Tantric version) appears – in the blog post, it states Chapter 8 but it seems to appear in Chapter 5. Could the author of the original blog post please clarify? Thank you.

  3. I am reading Sapta shati on very Tuesday and Friday with Nyasa’s. I want to know the procedure to be followed for doing samputikarna. I want to do this for my daughter marriage.

  4. You need proper srividya mantram initiation to chant this. You need to chant those mantrams several times before you can take this up

  5. Hi.. I need a little favour.. One of my guru told me to perform devi parayana in sarvamangala pallava.. I don’t know what it means.. Please clarify..

  6. Kuhgika sthothram in Tamil please
    Siddha kunjika sthothram in Tamil please

  7. Is it necessary to observe celibacy while chanting devi. mahatmyam

  8. Is there any audio available please?

  9. First of all one should have shraddha belief and prema on jagadamba and before, everyone should see HER in our parents

  10. Hello there..I have a query..I have been advised to recite one chapter of durga Saptasati each day preceeding with the Devikavachh…is that okay by all means?

    • Kindly help me by guiding the steps of Chandipath , if i recite each chapter single day along with argala storm, Keal strom, Devi shuktam is it OK by all means.

      • i am a non hindi individual but a mother godess worshipper in search of someone who can teach me the right pronounciation and process to attain devi
        i am willing to do what ever to learn
        i honestly need a true tacher of sri maha vidya.
        have been doing durga sapshati with priest for years but he is not interested in sharing
        please help

    • Ms. Mohini, Hope you found a Guru by now but in case if you haven’t then, please check Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram youtube videos and website. They have excellent tutorials conducted by one Mrs. Akhila Ranganathan and Mr, Raghu Ranganathan. They are Sri Vidhya upasaka. I do not know them personally and i’m not a Sri Vidhya initiate too, not trying to promote the ashram but i’ve learnt some sholkams from their tutorials. Hope this helps you.
      Sujatha Srinivasan

  11. Namaskaram. very excellent ! useful information for parayanam. thanks. my humble saranam to maha periyava .

  12. This is enlightening but I stil want to know what is this Argla, Kilkam and ratrishuktam? Why it is necessary to recite with Chandipath? Almost on every web I see that one must receive all these but no one has explain what are they actually? I don’t mean translation. I mean their importance. I don’t want any earthly benefits and don’t have any intention to ask any material things so can anyone pls tell me the real reason behind these prayer. Also there is shapvimochan. Each verses end with Brahma Vashistha shapad vimuktabhav. I understand the translation but what is the reason to recite it. Whose has crushed and whose curse removes. In Shivyog shivanandbaba has given 700 big mantra in place of Durga shaptshati 700 verses. Each bij mantra for each verse which is very good but how do we know which bin mantra is for which verse and it’s meaning

  13. Pranamam I would like to know the Chandiyaga Mantra to pray and how to chant Kindly do favour

  14. Thanks for the wonderful information.
    At Chennai many Mahila Mandali complete the entire Parayanam of Devi Mahatmyam In one sitting on three or four occasions during Navaratri.
    The entire Parayanam takes about 4 hours.
    Of course practices before and after the main recitation vary according to each group.
    This article will help them in future Parayanams.
    Maha Periyavaa Saranam.

  15. At beginning of Devi Saptashati, detailed procedure of puja with Nyas, Mudra etc given. My question is whether detailed puja before reading is necessary or we can just go with reading as per your procedure. It is so powerful that many people avoid to read in fear of something bad will happen if there is any fault in reading.

  16. namsakar mahanubhav .dhanyavad jankari ke liye,pranitaji ka sawal sahi hai.

  17. very nice article.Which stotra should be read before reading saptshati path adhyaya in navratra.Is it necessary to read Trayangam or Navangam mantra on every day before start of 9/10 days parayana .please guide me.Devi aparadh kshamapana stotra should read right after parayana or after siddh kunjika stotra.

  18. Is there any need to receive an upadesha or instruction from a guru to practice this parayanam?

  19. Very enlightening! I would like to know how many years of chant would be required to see the benefits.alsowould like toknowif anybody got benefitted

  20. Could you please tell me the procedure to read Sri Devi purana

  21. this is very vital information. I understand from my guru that reciting narayaneeya stuthi 11th chapter for 41 days continuously with lamp lit with ghee will give you the purpose of your prayer. Devi will be always with you,
    will protect you from all your worries.

  22. Reblogged this on prasadspshetty's Blog and commented:
    Devi Mahatmyam Reading Procedure (Trayangam & Navangam) | Sage of Kanchi

  23. thanks for the information, I have a question: During navratri do we just read the chapters as it is mentioned in hte article or do we have to read somethin before and after the chapters related to the day (I didn’t get it very clear)

  24. Dear Sir, could you please write posts on Devi Mahatmyam in English or Tamil as per the schedule you have provided. It will serve immense help for office goers like us to use this opportunity furitfully to contemplate on Devi. – Thanks in advance.

  25. Thanks and very useful information. Since this is sent prior to Navarathri.
    Many Many Thanks. May God bless you all

  26. Thanks a lot for this post on Navarathri eve. Never knew about Sidha Kunjika Sthothram till now. Seems very important to chant. I am posting in this Sidha Kunjika Sthothram with meaning br P. R. Ramachander Maama for people like me, who did not know. Jaya Jaya Sankara, Hara Hara Sankara! Sri Devyai Namaha!

    Sidha Kunjika Stotram
    (The unhidden song of perfection)

    Translated by

    (This great prayer is chanted before the

    reading of Chandi path / Sapthasathi (known

    as Devi Mahathmya) in the northern parts of

    India. It is more thanthric in nature and

    has been taught by Lord Shiva to Goddess

    Parvathi. Devotees believe that just a

    recitation of Sidha Kunjika stotram is

    equivalent to recitation of the complete

    Chandi(Devi Mahatmyam) and also that the

    reading of Chandi Path (Devi Mahatmya)

    would not give complete results without

    reading Sidha Kunjika stotram before it.

    The Sanskrit text of the stotra is

    available in

    hakunjikaa.itx. My humble sense of

    gratitude to Sri Akhay Dayal who brought

    this stotra to my notice.)

    Shiva Uvacha:-
    1.Srunu devi pravakshyami Kunjika stotram

    Yena matra prabhavena chandi Japa Shubho


    Shiva Said,
    Oh Parvathi please hear the great prayer

    called Kunjika,
    By recitation of which , the recitation of

    Devi Mahatmya(Chandi)
    Would become more powerful/auspicious.

    2.Na kavacham, Na argali stotram , kilakam

    , na rahasykam,
    Na sooktham Napi dhyanam cha na nyaso na

    cha varchanam.

    There is no need to recite Kavacham ,

    Argalam , Kilakam and the Rahasya thrayam,
    Nor is it necessary to recite Suktham ,

    Dhyanam , Nyasam and also no need to


    (These are preliminary stotras that need to

    be recited before reading of Devi

    Mahatmyam/Chandi/Durga Sapthasathi. Here is

    it told that if this kunjika stotram is

    recited then there is no need to recite all


    3.Kunjika pata mathrena Durga phalam

    Athi Guhyataram devi, Devanam abhi


    Just by reading Kunjika , we would get the

    effect of reading Chandi,
    And Oh Goddess this is a great secret and

    even Devas do not know it.

    4.Gopaneeyam prayathnena swayoniriva

    Maranam, Mohanam Vasyam Sthambho

    Pata Mathrena sam sidhayeth Kunjika stotram


    Oh Parvathi , you decide about the effort

    to keep it as secret
    Because just by reading this great prayer

    on Kunjika , we can easily achieve,
    Murder , attraction , slavery , making

    things motionless by repeated chants,

    5.Atha Manthra:-
    Now the chant:-

    Om Aim, kleem Chamanudayai viche . Om Gloum

    hoom kleem joom sa,
    Jwalaya jwalaya , Jwala, Jwala , prajwala ,

    prajwala ,
    Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundayai viche Jwala,

    ham sam lam ksham phat swaha.

    ( this is a Thanthric chant which consists

    of sounds and words which are meant to

    please the Goddess. “Jwalaya” means “Burn”

    , “Prajwala” Means “set fire.”)

    Ithi Mantra :
    This is the chant

    6.Namasthe Rudra Roopinyai , Namsthe Madhu

    Nama Kaidabha Harinyai , Namasthe


    Salutations to her who is angry ,

    Salutations to the killer of Madhu,
    Salutations to the winner over Kaidabha ,

    Salutations to the killer of Mahisha.

    7.Namasthe Shumbha hanthryai cha

    Nishumbhasura Gathini ,
    Jagratham hi Maha devi , japam Sidham

    kurushwa may.

    Salutations to the killer of Shumba and the

    killer of Nishumbha,
    Oh Great goddess , please safely give me

    expertise of chanting this.

    8.Aimkari srushti roopayai hreem kari

    prathi palika,
    Kleemkari Kama Roopinyai , bheeja roope


    Salutations to the Goddess who has the form

    of root chants,
    Who by the chant “Aim” has the form of the

    Who by the chant “Hreem” has the form of

    one who takes care of,
    And who by the Chant “Kleem” has the form

    of passion(Desire)

    9.Chamunda chanda gathi cha yaikari

    Viche cha abhayadha nithyam namasthe

    Manthra roopini.

    Salutations to goddess who has the form

    made of Chants,
    To the Chamunda who is the killer of Chanda

    Who by chanting “Ai” grants boons,
    And by Chanting “Viche”, grants protection


    10.Dham, Dheem, Dhoom Dhoorjate Pathni,
    Vaam veem Voom Vagadheeswari ,
    Kraam kreem kroom Kalka Devi,
    Saam seem soom may Shubham kuru.

    Dham, Dheem, Dhoom, the wife of Lord Shiva,
    Vaam , veem , Voom , the goddess of speech,
    Kraam, kreem , kroom , the goddess Kali ,
    Saam, seem, soom, , please do good.

    11.Hoom , hoom, hoomkara roopinyai,
    Jam, jam, jam jambha nadhini,
    Breem, breem broom bhairavi ,
    Bhadre bhavanyai they namo nama.

    Hoom , hoom, she who has the form of the

    sound hoom,
    Jam, jam, jam , she who has sound like

    Breem, breem, broom , Goddess Bhairavi,
    Oh Goddess of the good, Oh Bhavani ,

    salutations and salutations to you.

    12.Aam , kam, tam , pam , yam, sam , veem,

    dhoom , iym , veem ham, ksham , dhijagram,
    Dhijagram throtaya , Throtaya deeptham kuru

    kuru swaha,

    Aam , kam, tam , pam , yam, sam , veem,

    dhoom , iym , veem ham, the end of

    Tear apart the end of devotion , throw ,

    throw light , swaha.

    13.Paam, peem, pum Parvathi , poorna, khaam

    , kheem, khoom, Khechari Thadha,
    Saam, seem, soom, sapthasathi devyaa

    manthra sidham kurushwa may.

    Paam, peem, poom , the daughter of the

    mountain who is complete,
    Khaam, kheem, khoom who is also flying in

    the sky,
    Saam, seem, soom , Get me mastery over the

    chant of the Goddess of Devi

    Mahatmya/Chandi/ Sapthasathi

    14.Idham thu Kunjika stotram manthra

    jagarthi hethave,
    Abhakthe naïva dhatavyam , gopitham raksha


    This is prayer of the Kunjika which is the

    reason for awakening,
    Oh Parvathi , keep this protected and kept

    secret from those who are not devotees.

    15.Yasthu kunjikaya devi heenaam

    Sapthasathim padeth,
    Na thasya jayathe sidhir aranye , rodhanam


    Those who read Sapthasathi without this

    prayer of Kunjika ,
    Would not reach the forest of perfection as

    it would be like a wail there.

    Ithi Sri Rudra Yamale Gowri Thanthre Shiva

    Parvathi samvadhe ,
    Sri Kunjika stotram sampoornam

    Thus ends the prayer to Kunjika which

    occurs in the discussion between Shiva and

    Parvathi, Which occurs in Gowri Thanthra

    and which occurs in Sri Rudra Yamala.

  27. Om Sri Lalitha Paramrswari Ambal Namo Namaha. Hara Hara SSankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara.

  28. Very useful information thanks swami saranam

  29. Siddha Kunchika stotram is to be read once the parayanam is over and in fact we recite after the full Mula parayanam

    • This blog was very helpful! It seems Devi Suktam appears in Chapter 5 and not Chapter 8 as stated in the original blog post. Appreciate clarification on this from the blog author — thank you!!

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