We are on day 2 of Durga Festival– Navratri..Lets see what significance does this day holds: Second day of the nine days belong to Goddess Brahmacharini. The Goddess who did severe penance.
The word ‘Brahmcharini’ is derivative of the word Brahma, which stands for Tapa (Penance). This form of Mata Shakti is close to Uma or Parvati. The goddess Brahmacharini wears white clothes, holds a japa mala (rosary) in her right hand and Kamandal, a water utensil in her left hand. Goddess Brahmchaarini is the “tapaswani ” roop of the goddess... who gives freedom from Kaama and krodh.”
According to different versions of her myths, she desired to get married to lord Shiva and did tap for about 5000 years. She begins to live in mountains like Shiva, engage in the same activities as Shiva, one of asceticism, yogin and tapas – it is this aspect of Parvati that is deemed to be that of goddess Brahmacharini. Her ascetic pursuit draws the attention of Shiva and awakens his interest. He meets her in disguised form, tries to discourage her, telling her Shiva’s weaknesses and personality problems. Parvati refuses to listen and insists in her resolve. Shiva finally accepts her and they get married.
Watch out this space for next 7 days , to know more about various forms of Durga Maa.
Fact Courtesy: Wikipedia
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