Chandi Homam is a religious ritual performed by Hindus to invoke the blessings of Goddess Durga or Goddess Chandi. It begins with the Karta (devotee) invoking Agni (God of fire) and inviting him to carry the dravya (offerings into the fire) to the deity. The Goddess, pleased with the offerings grants the wishes of the devotees in the form of benefits like longevity, success in business,removal of obstacles, good health, prosperity, progeny etc.The core of the ceremony involves chanting of Durga Sapthashati. These are 700 secret & powerful mantras in praise of Goddess Durga in which she defeats various demons. With the recitation of each verse offerings are made in the sacrificial fire invoking the the goddess. In Chandi Homa Goddess Durga is considered to be a young Kanya girl, so while performing this homam girl children are worshipped and offered gifts.
During the recently concluded Navaratri Celebrations at Coimbatore I happened to participate in the Chandi Homam at the Sri Saradambal Temple - both as a devotee as well as a cameraman. I present below the series of pics of the homam: