Goddess of the root chakra and Daughter of Himalaya: ‘Maa Shailputri’
Goddess Durga is worshipped by Hindus in her nine forms which are known as ‘Nava Durga’ during the Navratri festival. Maa Shailputri is the first Goddess among the ‘Nava Durga’. She is believed to be the Daughter of Himalaya. Her name means daughter (Putri) of the mountains (Shaila). Shailputri is the first and foremost one among the nine forms. She is also known as the goddess of the root chakra.
Who is Maa Shailputri?
At first Navratri, Maa Shailputri is worshipped by devotees and a special pooja is performed to seek her blessings. Shailputri Maa is the daughter of the king of mountains, the Himalayas. Goddess Shailputri is also known as the absolute form of Mother Nature. Her weapon is a Trident and a Lotus. She is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Parvati who is the better half of Lord Shiva and the mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya.
Maa Shailputri has a half-moon on her forehead. She has a trident in her right hand and a lotus flower in her left hand. She rides on Nandi Dev. The abode of Maa Shailputri is believed to be in the Muladhara Chakra. Realizing this divine energy is considered an important step towards spiritual enlightenment. Knowing the importance of different forms of Maa Durga will help you to perform your Navratri pooja with ultimate devotion and dedication.
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Chaitra Ghatasthapana falls on March 22, Wednesday, and the muhurta will last from 6:23 am to 7:32 am. The Pratipada Tithi begins at 10:52 pm on March 21 and ends at 8:20 pm on March 22. The Meena Lagna is starting from 6:23 am to 7:32 am on March 22.
Dhyana Mantra and the most important mantras of Maa Shailputri
VANDE VANCHIT LABHAYA CHANDRARDHA KRITA SHEKHARAAM, VRISHAARUDHAAM SHULADHARAAM SHAILA- PUTRIM YASHASVINIIM
Worshipping Goddess Durga in the Maa Shailputri form will help in overcoming any bad effects of the moon, which is governed by this form of Adi Shakti.
Bhog or Prasad for the day:-
There are different Bhog or Prasada items that are offered on each day of the Navratri festival. On the very first day of Navratri, pure ghee is offered at the feet of the deity. Indian sweet dishes are distributed to everyone at the end of prayer sessions. Worshipping Maa Shailputri makes life worth living, this is what all Hindus believe.
Let’s celebrate the spirit of Chaitra Navratri by embracing the values of peace, compassion, and forgiveness. May this Navratri bring joy and happiness to your life.