Goddess Shailputri is the daughter of King of mountains, Himalaya. She is the manifestation of one of Goddess Durga’s Avatar. Goddess Shailputri is the first form of Maa Durga. Also, she is known with names like Bhavani, Parvati, Sati, and Hemavati.
The festival of Navratri is a nine-day long celebration. In general, it takes place among the northern and western portions of the country. However, there is no less enthusiasm symbolized by the other portions of India.
Therefore, the different regions celebrate the festival in different uncountable forms based on their tradition and culture.
The first day of Navratri 2019 falls on 29th September.
The name of Goddess Shailputri is an amalgamation of two words “Putri” (daughter) “Shaila” (of the mountain).
Shailputri is the first Avatar of Goddess Durga. According to the Hindu Mythology behind the festival of Navratri, she takes birth in the abode of “Parvat Raj Himalaya” (King of Mountain). Goddess Shailputri is an embodiment of the Holy Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
In the previous birth, Maa Shailputri takes birth as Sati, the daughter of Daksha. She marries Lord Shiva. Once, King Daksha organizes a huge Yagya and does not invite Lord Shiva. However, Sati takes Lord Shiva to the Yagya. Further, Raja Daksha insults Lord Shiva over his simple livings. Upon this, Sati jumps in the smoldering fire as she could not stand her husband’s insult.
Afterward, she takes birth in the house of Parvatraj Himalaya and marries Lord Shiva in the form of Parvati.
In addition, she tears the ego of Indra Dev and other gods. Her immense power compels them to take a bow and accept that “She is Shakti” and the Holy Trinity takes their power from her.
Moreover, Maa Shailputri has a Trishul (trident) in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand. Also, she rides a Bull. She is the Goddess of the root chakra. Equally important, she rides on the Nandi Bull and makes her first journey from the Muladhara Chakra, from her father to search for her husband Lord Shiva.
As a matter of fact, the Navratri pooja centers on Muladhara. Goddess Shailputri is the Muladhara Shakti. It is only to be realized within Self and required for in-depth. As a matter of fact, the Navratri pooja centers on Muladhara.
Goddess Shailputri is often called the Muladhara Shakti. It is only to be realized within self and required for in-depth. The Muladhara Chakra plays a significant role in the self-realization.
Moreover, it is the foundation of spirituality. It is an essence of Purna Prakriti Durga.
Beloved flower of Goddess Shailputri- Hibiscus
Navratri Color of the Day- Orange
Planet Ruled by Goddess Shailputri- Moon
Date of Pooja (Worship)- 1st day of Navratri (Partipada)
In points of facts of Hindu Mythology, Goddess Shailputri resides in the Muladhara chakra. Therefore, her divine energy hid in one and all human being.
Also, Maa Shailputri governs the planet Moon, the source of fortune and goodness. According to the best astrologers of India, the negative celestial effects are neutralized by worshipping Goddess Shailputri.
The vrat (fasting) to impress Goddess Shailputri occurs on the very first day of the nine-day long Navratri celebration. Our expert astrologers have explained the pooja vidhi (procedure of Pooja) for the first day-
The first day of the Pooja holds the significance of foundation “Kalash”. This day commences the 9-day festival. To begin with, the worship, clean the worship area and establish a worship idol of Goddess Shailputri on a neat wooden “chowki” (stool).
Further, put a clean red cloth on the chowki for “Kalash Sthapna”. Next, take a few rice grains and pray to Lord Ganesha to begin the Navratri Pooja. Later, put the rice grains in front of worship idol of Lord Ganesha.
Afterward, fill the Kalash with clean water and add a few mongo leaves in the Kalash. Finally, place a coconut on the Kalash. Next, make the “Swastik” with Roli (red color powder) on the Kalash. To add the barley grains, make a round of cow dung on the Kalash. Next, set grains of barley in it.
Later, tie “Kalawa” (holy red thread) and Chunri (holy red cloth) on the coconut. In the end, set a big earthen lamp and fill it with soil. Further, sow some barley grains in the soil and add some water to ensure the grains grow. Now, establish the Kalash on the big earthen lamp.
In order to start the Pooja, smear vermilion on the forehead of Mata Shailputri, cover Goddess Shailputri with the holy red cloth. Light an earthen lamp with ghee. For offerings to the Goddess, put Supari, Ghee, fruits, Panchamrit, Panjiri, curd, milk, honey, jaggery, and turmeric.
Further, chant dhyaan mantra, stuti mantra, and aarti of Shailputri. Take Sankalp and chant aarti of Goddess Durga.
Here are the Dishes you can try on the fasting days-
Sweets- Aloo Halwa, Kaju Katli and Peda.
Drinks– Meethi Dahi, Lassi, and Chaach.
Snacks– Aloo-Paneer Kofta and Kuttu Pakodi
Meals– Kuttu Khichdi, Sabudana Khichdi, Kuttu
Kachauri, Samvat Rice Khichdi, and Vrat Aloo.
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