Happy Navratri 2020: Nine forms of Durga worshipped during this festival…
Day 1 – Maa Shailputri
The auspicious occasion of Sharad Navratri has begun from today October 17 and it will last till 25th of this month. During these 9 days of festivity, different forms of Maa Durga are worshipped with full gusto and aplomb. Devotees throng temples, welcome Durga idols at home and seek her blessings. Today, lets understand 9 different forms of Durga and their benevolence.
However, due to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic, social distancing is being practiced and guidelines to avoid crowd at gatherings is in place.
Maa Shailputri is one of the Navadurgas and is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. Also known by the name of Sati, Parvati, Bhawani or Hemavati (daughter of Himavat – the king of Himalayas), Maa Shailputri is hailed as mother nature and prayed to for attaining spiritural awakening. There are various legends associated with her incarnation as daughter of king Daksha Prajapati – Sati, and then later has Parvati – the daughter of king Himavat, who is the consort of Lord Shiva.
She is the daughter of the mountains and is depicted with two hands, a crescent on her forehead, a trident in her right hand and a lotus flower in her right hand respectively. She is mounted on Nandi – the bull.
The day begins with her worship and because it is the Day 1 of Navratri, Ghatashthapana is first performed which includes kalash sthapana.
Maa Shailputri is also considered to be the goddess of root chakra — which is evoked for spiritial awakening through meditation. It is believed that the Devi gives Shakti to attain a higher spiritual growth. She is worshipped as Purna Prakriti Durga. Her abode is Muladhara Chakra and she covers the entire atmosphere