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.