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Durga Saptashati, also known as Devi Mahatmya and Chandi Path, is a Hindu religious text describing the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. It is part of the Markandeya Purana, written by the sage Markandeya.
 
The text contains Saptashata i.e. 700 verses and thus the entire composition is known as Durga Saptashati. The seven hundred verses are arranged in 13 chapters. For ritual reading purposes, various subsidiary texts are attached before and after 700 verses. A ritual reading of Durga Saptashati is part of the Navratri celebrations honoring Goddess Durga.
 
Durga Saptashati is an important composition to perform Chandi Homa which is one of the most important Homa(s) performed to gain health and conquer enemies. Chandi Homa is performed while chanting Durga Saptashati verses. During Chandi Homa, a total of 700 Ahuti are made, that is, offerings to Goddess Durga through sacred fire.

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Durga Saptashati