Durga puja or Navratri festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. The festival is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine different incarnations. On this auspicious festival devotees worship nine Devi’s and also fast for all the nine days.
वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम् ||
Vandē vāddrichatalābhāya candrārdhakr̥taśēkharāma |
vr̥ṣārūḍhāṁ śūladharāṁ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm ||
One of all nine forms of Devi Durga is worshipped every day in Navaratri. The first form of Maa Durga is Shailputri, who was born to the King of Mountains. “Shail” means mountain and “putri” means daughter. Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri.
Navratri is celebrated in most Indian states. However Navratri is very popular festival in the western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and the southern state of Karnataka. On the very first day of Navratri,
She is also known as Goddess Parvati the consort of Lord Shiva & mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. In the Navratra festival the worshiping Mother Goddess has a half moon in her forehead & she is holding a trident in her right hand & lotus flower in her left hand. she rides on mount Nandi a bull.
In Shivpurana and Devi Bhagvatam the story of mother goddess is written as: In her earlier birth maa was born as a daughter of Dakhsh Prajapati named Sati. She was married to lord shiva. But she got burnt in the yogic Fire in a sacrificial ceremony organized by her father Prajapati Daksh. Because because she could not bear the insult of her husband Lord Shiva by her father Prajapati Daksha..
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