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Chandipath recitation is a very common practice in Bengal. However, I have seen many people saying the practice is only restricted to males and that women are forbidden to recite it. What is the reason of women being barred from reciting the Chandipath? Do the scriptures saying anything about this?

P.S. If I am not wrong, Chandipath belongs to the Markandeya Purana (Please correct me if I am wrong). So I am guessing that there might be something written regarding females being barred from reciting the Chandipath.

  • No you aren't wrong, it does belong to Markandeya Purana. And regarding your question, I too am puzzled at the wide varieties of answers. – user9072 Nov 26 '17 at 9:33
  • @ArkaprabhaMajumdar What do you mean by "wide varieties of answers"? – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Nov 26 '17 at 11:09
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    Devi Mahatmya doesn't explicitly say women are prohibited. – The Destroyer Nov 26 '17 at 16:24
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Wide varieties of answers from different people and pandits here in Kolkata. – user9072 Dec 10 '17 at 6:04
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It is totally wrong that women are not allowed to chant ChaNDi paath or devI mahAtmaya.

When goddess herself is in the feminine form, how come her worship and chant be forbidden for women?

If at all anyone has first right on these then it the woman.

In shakta literature, it is very well documented that female gurus and female upasakas enjoy a high and respected position.

Many texts resonate with the opinion that female guru is auspicious and leads the sishya in a better way.

While orthodoxy appeared to regard women as inferior to men, the Kaulas took a different approach. Initiation from a female guru is held in the highest esteem, as she is Shakti on earth. The female guru is Ananda Bhairavi and the male guru Ananda Bhairava, together in union, drinking the intoxicating wine of consciousness which is bliss (ananda) itself. Below, we find a meditation (dhyana) and an armour (kavacha) devoted to the Stri or female guru, ascribed to the Brahmayamala. The armour in the first translation is made up from the vidya (mantra) of the female guru. After this is a short hymn (stotra) to the male guru from the Matrikabhedatantra, in which his identification with Shiva is plain.

There is also a specific stree guru kavacham in this regard.

Of this Striguru Kavacha, the Female Guru is the devata and attaining the four aims of mankind is the application Obeisance to Sadashiva on the head. Obeisance to the Female Guru in the heart. Ishvara said: Sadashiva is the rishi of this Female Guru kavacha. It is said that this devata is the fruit-giver of the four aims.

When stree is given the position of highest guru in shaktism then there is absolutely no scope of denying or forbidding anything which is related to shastra and specifically agama (shakta/shaiva)

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