Second Day of Navratri - Maa Brahmacharini
'Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu, Maa Brahmacharini Devi Rupen Samshthita |
Namashtashyi Namastashyi, Namastashyi Namo Namah ||'
'To that Devi, who living in all forms is abiding in the second form of Goddess Bhawani known as Maa Brahmacharini Devi, Many Salutations to Her, Many Salutations to Her, Millions Salutations again and again.'
On the second day of Navaratri, second form of Goddess Durga is worshipped by the name of ‘Brahmacharini’. This form of Goddess durga is extremely radiant and majestic. This form represents love, loyalty, wisdom and knowledge. She holds a kamandal in her left hand and a rosary in her right hand.
Navratri Second Day Date: 22nd September, 2017 (Friday)
The word ‘Brahma’ refers to Tapa, so, her name means one who performs Tapa (penance). She was born to Himalaya. She practised tough penances by getting influenced by Devrishi Narad. She was determined to get Lord Shiva as her divine consort. Her penance was so pure that it caused disturbance in all the three worlds. She spent centuries eating very little or nothing. Her eternal desire of obtaining Lord Shiva was fulfilled.
Navratri 2017 Second Day Colour: Green color
Navratri 2017 Second Day Bhog : Fruits of Yellow or Red Color
Navratri 2017 Second Day Daan : Sugar
People worship Goddess Brahmacharini by fasting to get the blessings for great emotional strength, mental balance and confidence even in the darkest day. She inspires us to hold on to our duty and move forward in life without getting disheartened by various challenges that will come in our path.
Her blessings will give the strength to eliminate selfishness, greed and ego. Goddess Brahmacharni enlightens the descent forms of tremendous power, divine nature and spiritualism.
People offer Stuti (invocation) to Goddess Brahmacharini to get her immense blessings. They chant mantras and heartily worship this Goddess which can enhance their metabolism, stamina and an unbelievable power to live without food. On this day, devotees are said to wear green to display their affection for the goddess. It is believed that Goddess Brahmacharini invokes the feeling of undergoing hardship to achieve happiness in life. It is one the most important days in Navaratri and must be started with puja and reading second chapter of Durga Shaptashathi.
The story goes back when Parvati was performing tapasya and rigid rituals to completely devote herself in worshipping Lord Shiva. This tapasya glorified her with name Brahmacharini.
On this day, she is offered flowers, rice and sandalwood with all other gods. She is then given a bath of milk curd and honey and is offered prasad with paan supari. Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped after the Kalash Dev who is the lord of villages, towns and planets.