Navratri — A nine day festival dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga. As the name suggests, Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava means nine and ratri means nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Mother Goddess Durga, symbol of immense power and purity is worshiped and honoured wholeheartedly. I have always been a Durga Maa follower, I get immense strength and power when I pray to her.
Navaratri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Navratri takes place at the beginning of October around harvest time and, as the name implies, this festival is celebrated for nine days. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja.
Festival of Navratri is full of lights, joy and festivity. Hindus celebrate this with devotion and enthusiasm throughout India. From garba dance to Durga Puja rituals, Navratri is celebrated in different ways across India.
Maa Durga is adored under nine different names on each day of Navratri. Every day she gets a new personality, nature, appearance, and obligation. These nine forms of Mother Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri.
The first day of Navratri Pooja is devoted to Shailputri Maa.
Among the nine Durga forms, Shailputri is the first and foremost one. Since she is the Goddess of root chakra, devotees pray this form keeping the Mooladhar in mind.
Goddess Shailputri is daughter of Himalayas. She is a form of Mata Shakti (Goddess of Power) and spouse of Lord Shiva. Maa Shailputri has a half moon on her forehead. She rides on Nandi. The abode of Maa Shailputri is believed to be in the Muladhara Chakra. Realizing this divine energy is considered as an important step towards spiritual enlightenment.
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