Let’s find out which Goddess is worshipped on the First day of Navratri.
The festival of Navaratri celebrates different incarnations of Goddess Parvathi, Lord Shiva’s principal consort and the divine mother of Ganesh and Karthikeya. Since the all the nine days are dedicated to nine different goddesses, Maa Shailaputri is worshipped on the commencement day or the First day of Navratri.
Shailaputri according to the Hindi language means the daughter of the mountain, because Shaila means Mountain and Putri means daughter. After Parvathi had immolated herself, Shailaputri is born as Parvathi’s first incarnation to the King Himalaya. Shailaputri is also held responsible to maintain our Root chakra or Muladhara. Worshipping her helps one bring wisdom and sense to achieve any spiritual milestone or to realise our life-purpose.
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According to different belief systems, the colours red and yellow are considered auspicious to wear and bring into use on this day, because Shailaputri is believed to have incarnated from Mahakali. The Day 1 is also known as Pratipada, where the goddess is depicted with a crescent moon gracing her forehead, her divine weapon trishula or trident in her right hand and a lotus in her left, while riding the bull, Nandi. The worship of Shailaputri includes chanting of the Sanskrit mantra given below:
वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम् ||
Vandē vāddrichatalābhāya chandrārdhakr̥taśēkharāma |
vr̥ṣārūḍhāṁ śūladharāṁ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm ||
It can be interpreted as “I worship the illustrious Goddess Shailaputri, who is adorned with a half-moon on her head who rides on Nandi and carries a trident. May she fulfil all my wishes!”
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Jai Mata Di!