I would like to chant the Devi Mahathyam but may not be able to do the full text together in a single sitting or in a day. So if I am to split the chapters across days, are there any prescribed format for it?

I assume each day I will start with Argala, Keelaka and Kavacham followed by some chapters, say max 3 per day. What all should be chanted post the chapters daily?

Are there existing rules for this to be chanted as a Saptaha or in 9 days etc?

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    This book for SaptaShati - SaptaShati , describes how to do paath. But there is a very huge sankalpa which says "I will read it from beginning to end". So it is suggested that do not read that Sankalp, and just ask Mother Chandika - "O Parvati! I will read 3 Chapters today. Thou art mother of all so bless me."
    – user12826
    Feb 23 '18 at 10:37
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    The book provided above, contains part of Sanskrit shloka and Hindi translation on each page. So it is better to read just 1 chapter in one day, but do it by reading both Sanskrit and Hindi translation. (Because reading SaptaShati without understanding it is almost of no use). The Book provided above contains a lot lot Karma Kaanda of Navarna Jaapa, Nyaasa , RahasyaPaath , so do it after guidance of some real Guru or Pujaari. Or else, better just read Siddha Kunjika Stotra once before and once after the SaptaShati paath, and ask for blessings of Devi and Shiva. Ask them to give you real Guru.
    – user12826
    Feb 23 '18 at 10:45
  • Are the prayers listed in Patavidhi (before the actual chapters) and Upasamhara (After the chapters) needed daily? I had anyway planned on Kavacham, Argala and Keelakam. Would like to know about the rest
    – student
    Feb 23 '18 at 10:49
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    I have gone through the book and it is written that you need to do daily. This is why either do the long PaathaVidhi , Upasanhaara et cetera, under guidance of some Guru. Or you can just Chant Siddha Kunjika Stotra once before and once after the Praath. In sidhha Kunjika Shiva said - "O Devi! No need to chant Argala, Kavach or Keelak. Only Chanting Kunjika Stotra is enough." So better just do simple Chanting for now. Reading Devi SaptaShati with devotion and simplicity is better than Engaging in complicated rituals.
    – user12826
    Feb 23 '18 at 11:06
  • More important is your understanding the essence and beauty of SaptaShati and your devotion to Devi. Also at the end of daily paath ask for forgiveness in your own words- "O Mother! I do not know the long rituals neither long Mantras neither long Vidhis. But I know only you and you are refuge to all world. O Devi! Take this all paath whatever I could do and bless me." भक्तिहीनं क्रियाहीनं मन्त्रहीनं सुरेश्वरि । यत्पूजितं मया देवि परिपूर्णम् तदस्तु मे ॥ (this is only an example, it need not be in Sanskrt. Can be in your own language) .
    – user12826
    Feb 23 '18 at 11:16

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