First Day of Navratri - Maa Shailputri

On the first day of Navaratri, Goddess Shailputri is worshiped. She is considered to be the daughter of king of mountains. ‘Shail’ means mountains and ‘putri’ means daughter. She is the goddess of purity. She is considered to be the form of mother nature. Worshiping this goddess on the first day of Navaratri devotees enters in Moolchakra.

Shailputri Maa

Goddess Shalputri is worshiped with Lord Shiv as she is considered his wife. Her other name is Parvati, mother of Kartikeya and Ganesh. Her portraits hold a lotus in her left hand and a trishul in her right hand. As she is the mother of nature, she looks after all the living beings including humans, plants, animals and even the tiny organisms of Earth.

The first day of Navaratri is called ‘pratipada’. One has to wear yellow on this day when ‘ghatasthapana’ for the puja is completed. People in some places fast on this this day following their holy rituals by worshipping the goddess in this form and seek her blessings.

The legend behind incarnation of Goddess Shailputri is quite interesting. It is believed that Devi Sati who was the daughter of Prajapati got married to Lord Shiv. But king Daksha was not in favor of this marriage. One day, he organised a maha yagya and invited all dear ones except Shiv and Sati. When Devi sati found out about this, she got offended and realized that her father did this just to insult her husband and got very angry. In the intolerable condition, she stepped into the Hawankund and burnt in fire of the yogic Yagya.

When Lord Shiv saw this, he isolated himself from everything and went for penance of long eras. Without Lord Shiv, the whole universe was in disorder. Rebirth of Devi Sati with the name of Parvati raised a hope but it was tough for Parvati to get to Lord Shiv as he was in densest of his Sadhana.

With immense devotion and lots of efforts, she found Lord Shiva and remarried him. Therefore, she is symbolized as a true goddess of root chakra. Her awakening was to establish universal love and thus she was glorified as the goddess of awareness.

Shri Shailputri Devi Maa Mantra to recite

Vande Vanchhit Laabhaay, Chandrardhkritshekharaam | Vrisharudham Shooldharaam Shailputriim Yashaswinim ||