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First Day Of Navratri : Maa Shailaputri

On the first day of the Navratri festival, Maa Shailaputri is worshipped by the devotees. There are special pujas that are performed with devotion on this day. Maa Shailaputri is the daughter of the king of mountains, the Himalaya. She is considered as the forever form of nature. She is also known as Goddess Parvati, the better half of Shiva and mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya.

MYTHOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE

As per the Mythology, it is said that Shailputri in her earlier birth was the daughter born to, Daksh Prajapati. She was named as ‘Sati’ and was married to Shiva. In a sacrificial ceremony planned by Daksh Prajapati, he offended Shiva as he was not in favor of this marriage. In this unendurable situation, Sati sacrificed her body and jumped into a yogic fire.

In her next birth she incarnated as Maa Parvati, the daughter of Parvatraj Himalaya. Like her previous birth in this life also, she got married to Shiva. Among all the nine forms of Durga, she has been referred to as Shailputri or Himavati. Hence, on the first day of Navratra, she is worshiped with great devotion and zeal.

HOW TO WORSHIP

The ritual starts with the Ghatasthapana where Maa Shailputri is worshiped with flowers, rice, roli and sandalwood. Also, a Kalash is filled with 7 kinds of soil (Saptmritika), clay, nut and five kinds of coins. Below this Kalash, 7 kinds of grains and barley seeds are sown, that are harvested on the tenth day. These crops are then offered to all gods and goddesses.

GODDESS OF MULADHARACHAKRA 

Maa Shailaputri is considered as the Goddess of the Muladhara chakra. Worshipping her will help in awakening the Moolchakra, thereby helping you to attain spiritual enlightenment. Performing pujas and chanting mantras on the first day of Navratri, keeping 

mooladhar in mind, will help you to perform the rituals auspiciously.

PRASAD

On the first day, pure ghee is offered at the feet of the deity. It is believed that doing this removes all of the diseases and problems related to the health of the devotees. Prasad like Roath, an Indian sweet dish, is distributed to everyone at the end of the prayer sessions. Therefore, worshipping Maa Shailaputri makes life worth living, is what the Hindus believe in.

SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE

  • In the form of Shailputri, Maa Durga is worshiped as a girl child i.e. the first phase of womanhood.
  • Among the Nine forms of Maa Durga, the importance and powers of Maa Shailputri is considered to be unlimited.

MANTRA

VAANCHHIT LAABHAAYA CHANDRARDHA KRITA SHEKHARAAM,

VRISHAARUDHAAM SHULADHARAAM SHAILA- PUTRIM YASHASVINIIM

Maa ShailPutri has a half moon on her forehead.  It is believed that the Moon, the provider of all fortunes, is governed by Goddess Shailputri and any bad effect of the Moon can be overcome by worshipping this form of Adi Shakti.