Chaitra Navratri 2023 Day: Day 1
Form of Durga Maa to worship: Maa Shailputri
Colour clothes to wear: Yellow colour
Maa Durga’s Favorite Flower: White Kaner
Goddess Shailputri is the first of the nine forms of goddess Durga that devotees worship on the first day of the nine days of the Navratri festival. Each day of this festival is dedicated to one of the forms of Maa Durga and in the course of the same, Chaitra Navratri Day 1 is the day of Maa Shailputri.
Navratri consists of two words, meaning ‘Nine Nights’. During these nine nights, devotees worship Maa Durga to attain positivity, optimism, and fruitful results in their lives . Chaitra Navratri 2023 is from March 22, 2033. People worship all the nine different forms of Maa Durga i.e. Mata Shailputri, Mata Brahmacharini, Mata Chandraghanta, Mata Kushmanda, Mata Skandamata, Mata Katyayani, Mata Kalaratri, Mata Mahagauri, and Mata Siddhidatri.
According to Hindu mythology, Shailputri is a Sanskrit name, which means daughter of the mountain, hence the name Shailputri. According to a legend, Maa Durga was born in the house of Parvat Raj Himalaya (King of the Himalayas), hence her incarnation was named Shailputri. The name of the king of the Himalayas was Hemavan, she was also known by the name Hemavati.
So let us tell you how to worship Maa Durga’s incarnation i.e. Mata Shailputri on the first day of Chaitra Navratri and how to get her blessings.
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Chaitra Navratri 2023 Day 1: March 22, 2023, Wednesday
Sunrise: March 22, 2023, at 06:33 AM
Sunset: March 22, 2023, at 06:34 PM
Muhurat start date: March 21, 2023, from 10:53 PM
Muhurat end date: March 22, 2023, till 08:21 PM
Ghatasthapana Muhurat: March 22, 2023, from 06:33 AM to 10:33 AM
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This is the first day of Navratri when all the devotees fast with full devotion to Goddess Shailputri in the form of Goddess Durga and seek her blessings. But for this, the person should worship this form of Maa Durga with complete rituals so that the person can get his desired boon and the blessings of the Maa Durga remain on him.
For this, below is the correct method of worshipping this form of Maa Durga, following which method you can please her and get her blessings:
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Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah॥
Vande Vanchit Labhay Chandrardhakrit Shekharam.
Vrishabha Shuldham Shailputri Yashswinim ॥
Vande Vanchit Labhay Chandrardhakrit Sekharam
You can chant these mantras while worshipping the Maa Durga, by chanting, the Maa Durga will be happy and bless you.
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According to the Shiva Mahapurana and other Hindu mythology, Goddess Sati, the daughter of Prajapati Daksha, was married to Mahadev. But King Daksha was not at all in favour of this marriage. One day he organized a Mahayagya. All the deities and near and dear ones were invited except Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. Goddess Sati was deeply saddened to know this and realized that her father was only insulting her husband Shiva.
In this intolerable condition, he burnt his body in the fire of the Yoga Yagya. Mahadev was sorrowful to see all this. He separated himself from everyone and went for penance for long ages. Without them, the whole universe was in disarray. But the reincarnation of Mata Sati with the name Parvati in the house of King Himalaya raised the rays of hope. However, it was very difficult for Goddess Sati to get Lord Shiva, as Mahadev was engrossed in meditation.
With immense efforts and immense devotion, Goddess Parvati started her search and journey toward Lord Shiva. After several attempts, she remarried Mahadev. Thus, Mata Shailputri manifested herself as the true Goddess of the Mool Chakra. She was born to establish universal love with Lord Shiva, who also glorified her as the goddess of awareness.
On the first day of Navratri, devotees enter the Moola Chakra and worship Goddess Shailputri to establish dedication keeping in mind the Mooladhara.
Maa Shailputri was born in the house of Himalaya, the king of the mountains. Thus, Mata Shailputri. This incarnation of Maa Durga has a Trishul in the right hand, a lotus flower in the left hand, and a crescent moon on the forehead. Nandi bull is the vehicle of the Goddess, hence she is also known as Vrisharudha. Maa Durga Shailputri is also known as Sati and this incarnation is considered a symbol of compassion and affection. According to astrology, the Maa Durga is the symbol of the moon, so worshipping the moon removes the bad effects on a person’s life.
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