Navratri 2018: First Day Mata Shailputri is worshipped
| March 17, 2018, 5:06 p.m.
New Delhi, March 17: The auspicious festival of Navrarti is here and the enthusiastic devotees are all set to welcome the Goddess with fervor and emotions. Navaratri is a nine-day long festival and during these nine days nine different types of Goddesses are worshiped as Maa Durga manifests herself in nine different ways in these nine days. We bring you the nine forms of Goddess as She manifests in these nine forms during the nine days of Navaratra.
Shailputri is the first manifestation of Goddess Durga. As per Shivpurana, Goddess Shailputri in her previous birth was born to Daksha Prajapati, and was named ‘Sati’. She was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and wanted to marry him . She meditated to win the Lord. Lord Shiva bestowed upon her the desired boon and accepted her as his consort. Sati’s father Daksha Prajapati, did not like this union and insulted Shiva by not inviting him in one of his special gatherings. Infuriated upon the humiliation meted out to her husband, Sati immolated herself and sacrificed her life in honour of her husband. In her next birth Sati was born as a daughter to Himalaya, the Lord of Mountains and thus, was called Shailputri. Sailputri is also worshiped as Parvati or Hemvati. The first day of Navratra is dedicated to worshiping Shailputri. Devotees offer pure desi ghee on the foot of Shailputri.