Let’s find out which Goddess is worshiped on the First day of Navratri or which is the first navratri mata.
first navratri mata
The festival of Navaratri celebrates different incarnations of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva’s principal consort and the divine mother of Ganesh and Karthikeya. Since all the nine days are dedicated to nine different goddesses, Maa Shailputri is worshipped on the commencement day or the First day of Navratri. Hence, she is called first navratri mata.
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Shailputri according to the Hindi language means the daughter of the mountain, because Shaila means Mountain and Putri means daughter. After Parvati had immolated herself, Shailputri is born as Parvathi’s first incarnation to the King Himalaya. Shailputri 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 realize our life-purpose.
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According to different belief systems, the colors red and yellow are considered auspicious to wear and bring into use on this day, because Shailputri 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 trishul or trident in her right hand and a lotus in her left, while riding the bull, Nandi.
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first navratri mata
The worship of Shailaputri includes chanting of the Sanskrit mantra given below:
Shailputri Mantra Sanskrit version:
वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम् ||
Shailputri Mantra English version:
Vandē vāddrichatalābhāya chandrārdhakr̥taśēkharāma |
vr̥ṣārūḍhāṁ śūladharāṁ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm ||
Shailputri Mantra English Meaning:
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 fulfill all my wishes!”
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