By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Satacandi; Sahasracandi, SatacaNDI; SahasracaNDi, Satacandi; Sahasracandi
One of the most important texts of the Śākta school is the Candī, also known as the Devimāhātmya or the Durgāsaptaśatī. A ceremonial recital of this work is believed to bestow on the devotee whatever boon he wants. If ten brāhmaṇas of pure character recite it ten times it becomes Śatacaṇḍī. If a hundred brāhmaṇas recite it ten times it becomes Sahasracaṇḍi. The recital is spread over four days as follows:
|Second day||Two times|
|Third day||Three times|
|Fourth day||Four times|
|Fifth day||Five times|
|Sixth day||Six times|
|Seventh day||Seven times|
|Eighth day||Eight times|
|Ninthe day||Nine times|
|Tenth day||Ten times|
After the recital a hundred brāhmaṇas are to be fed in the former and a thousand in the latter. The Śatacaṇḍi and the Sahasracaṇḍi are conducted for the betterment of the whole society or the world.
- This school is the cult of the Divine Mother.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore