Devi Mahatmyam Reading Procedure | How to read Devi Saptashati

Goddess Durga Devi

Goddess Durga Devi

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..

In 2021, Navratri begins on October 7 and ends on October 15.

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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244 Comments

  1. shweta says:

    Can i read durga saptshati in evening time during navratres or any compulsion to read it in morning itself… Plzzz rpl fast

  2. Anvita Rahul Raghorte says:

    Thanks for good sugetion .its clear our dout about reading…thanku

  3. Neena puri says:

    Very very useful tips.

  4. Prasanth Kumar says:

    Thank u very much for more details about reading of Devi Mahathmya

  5. Appreciate the information you have given!

  6. Vinita sood says:

    Very. Valuable information you have provided.. Thanks .stay blessed.

  7. Kamala says:

    Today on the sixth day of Navarathri ,I bought the book Devi Mahatmiyam.can I start reciting from Vijaya Dasami day or do I need to have initiation…..kindly advise!
    Thanks
    Kamala

  8. uma says:

    Really super. Thanks a lot

  9. sita ram says:

    Can we do Durga saptshati path only in navratri or we can do other auspecious daya

  10. Prerna says:

    Pranam,
    I feel very blessed to know about the sacred text Durga Saptashati. I will be honest that behind my purpose of reading the sacred text is to get a desire fulfiled. I have a few doubts. If I read it after sunset, do I have to fast till I complete reading it? Is it important to read for 108 times or only till my desire is fulfiled? Please guide.

  11. Renu says:

    Trayangam is a method in which we need to chant three prayers – Devi Kavacham, Argala Stotram and Devi Keelakam followed by Navakshari Mantram how? Vidhi please
    When to read Durga chalisa and when to read sidh kunjika stotram please reply

  12. SUnita Bajpai says:

    chapters are read in above sequence. what other parts like kavach, argala, etc. should be read before starting patth each day?

  13. Surekha says:

    Nyc info tq I was searching how to read durga sapthasthuti
    Can u send kunjikastothram in eng lyrics….after finishing on tenth day what to do …

  14. Rajalingam says:

    Durga saptha pathi

  15. Manoharan Charakkumalil says:

    Could you please enlighten as to whether someone can recitate Devi Mahatmyam 16 days after someone’s blood relative passes away? or should he/she wait for 1 year?

  16. Sujan says:

    Will anywhere in mysore will teach how to pronouns Durga Sapthashathi hyms.

  17. Dr MS says:

    Dear friends.
    Durga sapasati, many people knew about it, and millions of million people read this greatest tantra granth in each navratri time, but only some people knew about , its secreat and the way to recite it., believe me its true, understanding its true hidden meaning is beyond the capacity a normal person.(we POST ABOUT SIDDH KUNJIKA STROTAM hidden meaning our earlier post……….) ,and its very surprising for us that still many people daily reading that post , so we think its right time to discuss some points about saptsati.
    As you know the goddess Durga formation story so is the case with this great tantra book too, hundred of the greatest tantra mantra scholar gathered to form a greatest tantra granth containing with so many secreat and hidden things. Out come of one such a things. Each shloka and mantra of that indicating so much secreat that separate a new granth is need to describe it fully. What not contain in it. Thousand and thousand scholar write on that but still a single percent not revealed yet.
    ( even one can do that path as he desired divine mother bless you ,in any case . but always remember, that doing the path as you like for such a great Tantra granth , is not recommended. )at least we should follow the instruction mentioned in Durga saptsati granth.)
    A Tantra sadhak told” Tantra without process is useless, until available with proper process what is the use of that and one follow the path of Durga SaptSati without that, than his time and health both wasted .”
    Everyone know that the book has 13 chapters( containing 700 shloka s) and divided between three part.
    PRATHAM CHARIT — First chapter – – Rules by GODDESS MAHAKALI,
    MADHAYAM CHARIT— second ,third, fourth— Rules by GODDESS MAHALAKSHMI
    UTTAM CHARIT— From 5 TH to 13 Chapter—- Rules by GODDESS SARASSWATI.
    There are many forms (Vidhi / Process ) of recitation of Durga sapasati ..
    ( I gathered the information from the books and articles of ,Poojya swami ji maharaj of Datiya , A Great sadhak of Varanasi ( his name I did not get permission to mention here),and Gita press ‘s book and other sources too, with due respect to all of them. I summarize here for you)
    First Vidhi – first Navarn mantra jap and path of saptsati with nyasa ,all the chapter one by one. and the end again Navarn mantra jap.
    Second Vidhi – for to achieve success in any specific cause, use that shloka of Durga saptsati(mentioned generally at the end of the books) as samput and recite all the saptsati shloka in such a way first samput shloka than the saptsati shloka and again the samput shloka, like this way all the saptsati path is done. Nearly all the book available in market mentioned such a shloka at the end. depend upon the samput shloka what cannot be achieved. Like shatru nash to every possible wish. though for reading this way takes little more time but will also be very great.
    Third Vidhi – very effective PRATILOM SAPTSATI paath. One path of this is consider to equal of 10 path of saptsati but very difficult to do that, why? lets see– first 13 th chapter than first chapter , then 12 th chapter than 2 nd chapter , like this way, but here he mentioned that here not the full chapter they are mentioning us, one mantra of 13 th chapter and then one mantra of first chapter, again one from 13 th chapter and one from first chapter, so very difficulty, till you have book specially written for this purpose, its very, very difficult (I have seen such a book from a sadhak)
    Fourth Vidhi – Sarddh nav chandi prayog,(remember this prayog is a part of famous yagya and sadhana completed under the direction of poojya swami ji maharaj of Datiya ( Pitaambera peeth) at the time when china attacked India, result you knew already . In his book “LEKH SANGRAH” PAGE NO 155 he describe in details how that can be done even for any cause (this require 9 Brahmin for that paath) , but he clearly mentioned that for such a cause , pundit must be Dikshit in shakt mantra .(have proper diksha ) first ,since without that result could not be possible.
    Person having pure heart and full devotion such a person(Dikshit pundit) will be definitely meet him. this whole anusthan can be completed in day only ,and easy and not very expensive one.
    Fifth Vidhi —(this process require seven day to complete and reciting can be done in a manner as..)
    first day – recite first chapter – one path only(read one only)
    Second day- second ,third chapter- two path(read two time only)
    Third day – fourth chapter – one path
    Fourth day- 5,6, 7,8,7,8th chapter –four path
    Fifth day- 9 and 10 th chapter- two path
    Sixth day- 11 th chapter – one path
    Seventh day- 12 and 13 th chapter – two path
    this also produce great result.
    sixth Vidhi: if not is not get enough time for a day then in first day do one paath of MADHAYAM CHARIT and next day remaining two charit paath can be done.
    There are many more powerful Vidhi some of them are like
    krishan vidhi for mokshanrtha,
    chaturdashi vidhi for material gain ,
    Aastmi vidhi . for distruction of enemy available.
    Sat chandi vidhi
    shahastra chandi vidhi .

    MOST EASIEST VIDHI : If any one recite this “MADHAYAM CHARIT” after 9 pm each days from a navratri to next navratri what cannot be achieved.
    A word of caution :
    I also point out here that there are some word in the saptsati which we have not recite, while ending any chapter, and very amazing is fact that they are part of each chapter ending. this should be very carefully followed. Thses are “Iti”, “Vadha”, “Adhyay”,” Samapt”but you will find almost all the chapter ends with the mentioned word using one or more that word.
    So be careful, they are the part of Durga saptsati, so nobody can change it, instead of reading that use following words athe end of each and every chapter as advices by great ones.
    “ shree markandey purane savarnike manvantere devi mahatmaye pratham om tatsat”,
    the word pratham can be changed for second chapter like dwatiy , for third chapter it should be “tratiy” like that.(almost all the saptsati available in market mentioned clearly this point but people not pay much attention ,they use of above mentioned word like iti, badha etc …create much untold trouble. So plz keep this in mind.
    Important point :
    Sit in comfortable position and follow all the normal guide lines while doing sadhana, and path should not be hurry.(after all its divine communication)
    you should have patrakaar Durga saptsati (in UNBOUND form. In which each pages is in separate form). But what’s the matters .. if I do with bound form of Durga saptsati, I asked obce a Tantra sadhak who continuously reading daily from last 80 years he smiled upon mesaid that what he have to say ,he said .now its upon i to fallow or not.
    Always take that book with full respect and on the time of paath it should be of a wooden small table.
    Pronunciation will be clear and with loud way (permissible limit).
    While reciting do not leave the chapter in between ,if so happened, than again repeat the whole chapter from the start.
    Reciting / reading should be in LAYA (not as a singing). I once get a chance to listen DHYAN OF A CHAPTER from a sadhak, he speak in so loud and rhythmically way , I have no word to describe, after that he asked me, it should like that. It’s the tantra way, (Reading the mother divine word should be in powerful way ) so the speaking should be with power and loudness.
    Book should be always be covered in red cloth and treat it like a live granth.
    It should not be given to any body . you should always used your own books.
    Navarn mantra (without om )jap is good before and end of the .
    “Kshma Prarthana “ and “Devya Apradh kshamapan prarthan strota” path at the end of path must be folloed, it helps..(in Kashma prarthana , all your jap is offered in mother divine feet.)
    Important point about Durga Dwatrinshnnnam mala:There are one strota named Durga dwatrinshnnnammala containing 32 named of mother divine . always remember that on hindi translation at is very clearly mentioned in many books that the reciting of this strota should be the statue should of ma Durga with eight hand and killing mahishsur position . such a form of statue should be used. People did pay much attention . but the direction is provided by mother divine herself so Plz remember it, and follow it.
    Many of the great sadhak always pointed out that without knowing the meaning (even literally now) , not much use of recitation, since without understanding the meaning how the feeling / bhav can be generated in our heart?.
    Kumari poojan/Kanya bhojan : kumari poojan/kanya bhojan is a important part . I know that there is much difference in that, but while asking girl childs in your home for kanya bhojan/ Kumari poojan is very very important, but keep in mind that in between that girl childs, divine mother is present in any form ,and when all girl child happily go back to their home their blessing , is a boon for you,
    Sometime we became kanjoos and for dakshina offer we spend very little money, its not good , I remember guru once advised his shishya s for this (shishya was suffering with greatest difficulty, he did as his guru dev advice ,after the ritual completed when he reached , his gurudev home, his gurudev asked him, what /how much you offered them, he told about very less money, his guru replied with very painfully “you want everything but on the time of offering you showed yours selfishness. Outcome will be very less”. (so proper respect, offering food to them with full care, and dakshina, and touch all the girl childs feet as mother divine.
    Even one of our guru bhai doing kanya bhojan as happened in navratri time, told me, when he was touching feet of a kanya aged nearly 4/5 years she put her hand on his head. He thrilled.
    There are many form of saptsati like- mantratmak sapatsati, Tantratmak sapsati, bejaatmak sapsati, beej trayatmak sapsati, rudra chandi, gupt saptsati, Pratilom saptsati, havanatmak sapatsati.
    (in the beginning Durga sapstsati path also named as Chandi path).
    Importance of Navarn Mantra and Diksha:
    In just literal sense- one who do not want to go for this , for him navarn mantra diksha and chamunda diksha is the best, poojya Sadgurudev ji in audio cassettes NAVARN MANTRA and JAGDAMABA SADHANA , spoke a lot of details, and one who want to understand in this form of mother divine, first he should go for Dikshas of that and then proceed. Since the divine mother form s is possible with all the positive forces so all the Devi Davata pooja can be done successfully by poojan of this form alone., even with the help of navarn mantra only one can go to the siddhashram, Sadgurudev ji describe that way in the cassettes. I also remembered in one place he mentioned about a certain sadhak that when he recite the Saptsati path , sound of lion roars sounds such a loud that everyone listen on that. Sadgurudev ‘s book he mentioned in details what are the various precaution need to be followed MUCH MUCH GREATER DETAILS..
    Siddh Kunjika strota : why not only siddh kunjika strota is sufficient ?, in mine limited understanding, I think, proper understanding of each beej mantra and their power is must THROUGH SADHANA NOT AS IN LATERAL MEANING , since this strota containing almost all the beej mantra this way or that way.
    And various hidden meaning contain in that, when bhagvaan shiv himself made that how can anybody under estimate that. I also remember one incident when Sadgurudev ji talked in the sri sookta, he told that , merely recitation of that strota will not solve the purpose, understand and work accordingly gives you the result, like, in first three shloka contains the meaning of how to make gold?, one who understood that and do the process successfully is not him already got Lakshmi Siddhi
    POOJYA SADGURUDEV JI DESCRIVE IN DETAILS THIS PROCESS, IN SWARNA Siddhi BOOK .so I think the some hidden point in this siddh kunjika strota. Our one of the prev. post on that and many more hidden secreat of that still to come.
    So if have time then purchase this book/granth, and follow the method/procedure containing in the books, and I pray mother divine and Sadgurudev, both bless you all, including us too.

    • ananthakrishnan nair says:

      Pranam Mahashay,

      I would like to contact you for further clarification. May i please have your email id?

      Jai Maa Kaali

  18. Poorna says:

    When we should read kilakam and kavacham ??

  19. Divya Sachar says:

    Pandit ji ,Please tell me if we can read durga satshiti paath twice during navratris?

  20. asr_5 says:

    where should i start reading on the second day .the 2.3rd and 4th chapters . what rituals should i perform and what mantras should i read before starting other chapters on the second 3rd and following days before starting consecutive chapters ? please reply

    • The order of recital of Durga Saptashati on 2nd day is as follows:
      Trayanga Mantra
      2nd Chapter
      Siddha Kunjika Stotram
      3rd Chapter
      Siddha Kunjika Stotram
      4th Chapter
      Siddha Kunjika Stotram
      Devi Suktam

  21. Anushka says:

    The sapsati katha should read in the evening or morning? Can we do Kalash stapana at home n Havan in temple ? Can I alone do havan on our own at home ?

  22. Dr.B.S.Krishnamurthy says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am following “Shree Durga Sapthasathi” in Kannada by H.H.Shree Swami Harshanandaji Maharaj, Ramakrishan Math, Bangalore. I personally discussed with swamiji who has recommeded the same way as yours. Should we have to repeat the Argala, Keelaka and Navarana mantram on each day before commencing the recommended chapters?.

    1. Can we do Shree Lalitha Sahasranama Prayanam on all the 9 days and any one of the 9 days Durga Sapthashathi completely?

  23. Dr. O. N. Shukla says:

    Valuable information for devotees. Thanks

  24. Gokul says:

    I am doing seven day recital pattern in my home alone, with a deepam installed in a seperate clean room, temporarily vacated for this purpose, I am living in a seperate town from my family, my parents came to see me while I was doing this recital, and they went back home, but they meet an accident on going back, is this a sign of any wrong process I was doing, what should I do to get clearance?

  25. Kartika says:

    Hi,
    I am reading only the Durga kavacham everyday. I read Durga satanama stotra then kavacha then kshama prardhana, devyaparadha kshmapana stotra. I read this everyday morning. I am married. Is this okay to read this way or should I make any changes or stop reading it every day.

    Please help, I would be grateful.

    Thank you.

    • This standard Devi Mahatmyam reading procedure should be followed as it as when we do Kalasha Sthapana (Navratri). For daily routine recital, you can do as you wish, but if you do the standard thing, then it will be highly meritorious.

      • ananthakrishnan nair says:

        Pranam Mahatman,

        Thank you very much for this article. I have been searching for hours for a navaratri path vidhi.
        May i please know from which tantra this 9 days vidhi is taken? Thank you in advance

  26. Kartika says:

    Hi,

    I have been reading Durga kavacham since an year now. I read only the kavacham, khsamastotram, aparadhakshamapana stotra everyday morning. Is it ok to read kavach everyday or are there any certain rules for this too.

    Please help

  27. lakshmi says:

    i am learning durga sapthashathi can i eat non veg while leaning durga sapthashathi.

  28. Maanasa says:

    Durga Mantra and Shlokas:
    ” Ati saumya ati raudraayai nataas tasyai namo namah|”
    ” Namo jagat pratishtaayai devyai krtyai namo namah||”
    Meaning of Durga mantra and shlokas:
    Salutations to the Devi who is extremely gentle like the Moon and also extremely terrible like the storm, the one who is the creator of this universe.
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  29. RAVI says:

    Devi mahatmya ka path shaam ko bhi kar sakte hain kya ya morning main 12 baje se pahile karna padta hain path

  30. Rita says:

    What if read all chapters I mean entire booking one day in one sitting

  31. Sarma says:

    Should I read both bhava mala and saptha sathi or only bhava mala is enough for daily parayana.

    Please suggest

  32. Rahul Dutta says:

    Can we read dura saptasati at night

  33. Padmavati says:

    Women can do sapta satii patt and is guru upadesh is compulsory

  34. Shakuntala says:

    Sir, I want to do durga saptashati parayana daily. Please guide me. Not the seven hundreds slokes. Every day kavacham,and other slokes to read.

  35. Sudhaprem says:

    I didn’t have that book, but I want to read,can I download and read from 3rd onwards?