Legend has it that Goddess Durga meditated on the tip of a needle for nine days/nights (Navaratri) in penance
to destroy Mahisha, the Asura. On the tenth day (dashami) she slew him.
The Devi Mahatmyam (Glory of the divine Mother) also known as Chandi is divided into 13 chapters and
consists of 700 mantras and hence called the Saptashati. Three aspects of the Universal Mother are
described in this work.
Chapter1 - Mahakali
Chapters 2 to 4 - Mahalakshmi
Chapters 5 to 13 - Mahasaraswati
This work is widely recited during the Navaratri Festival by Hindus world wide. In this recording, Swami
Sarvaganand introduces the Chandi in three languages. The rendering has been scrupulously done with
correct diction and pronunciation. Swami Jagdiswarananda,in the translation, has taken great care to ensure
that the devotee gets it absolutely right. For the sake of the proper chanting (Paaraayana) of the entire work, he
has added selected slokas in meditation and salutation of Chandika in the beginning and at the end, a hymn
seeking forgiveness for omissions and wrong reading.