Source of All Blessings, Auspicious One, She Who Is Refuge, She Who Has Three Eyes, Golden One, Bestower of All Wishes, Blessed of All Blessed Ones, I honor you!
Listen to the mantra:
This famous mantra, known as the Namaskara Mantra, comes from the Devi Mahatmyam, the epic tale of Mahadevi, the Great Goddess. She has many names in the story – most famously Durga, but also Chandi, Kali, Chamunda and others. This mantra is one of seven said to encapsulate the power of the entire 700 verses of this text, which is also known as the Durga Saptashati, or Seven Hundred Verses of Durga. It can also be heard echoing through Kali temples and other temples of the Great Goddess throughout India. If you repeat just one mantra in honor of Mahadevi, this is definitely a powerful choice.
Performing japa (repetition of divine mantras) with this mantra is particularly powerful at Navaratri, the festival of the nine nights of Durga, celebrated twice a year in the Spring and Fall. A daily practice might include chanting this mantra 21 times or 108 times each day as part of your meditation practice. Try it, and see how it opens and strengthens your heart.