Satacaṇḍī; Sahasracaṇḍi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

One of the most important texts of the Śākta school[1] 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:

First day Once
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.


  1. This school is the cult of the Divine Mother.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore