The second form of Maa durga is Goddess Brahmacharini. Her name denotes ‘Brahmacharini’ which mean ‘Brahma’ (penance) or strong influencing tapasya. The Goddess performs Tapa or hard penance. She is depicted as pious women or Sannyasin, who mediates and likes simplicity. The unmarried meditating form of Goddess Parvati is worshiped as Goddess Brahmacharini.
The form of Goddess Brahmacharini is extremely radiant and majestic. Maa (Goddess) signifies love and loyalty, wisdom and knowledge. It is believed that Brahmacharini is the true example of a goddess who performed extreme hard penance to obtain Lord Shiva.
She spent hundreds of year eating very little or nothing at little. She practiced tough penances as she was determined to obtain Lord Shiva as her divine consort. After long and tough penance her desire to obtain Lord Shiva as her divine consort was eventually fulfilled. Her penance is so pure and had so much strength.
Maa Brahmacharini is in a form of Sanyasini so she holds a rosary (Jap mala) in her right hand and a Kamandal in her left hand. She wears Rudraksha. The meaning of the ‘Brahmacharini’ is who performs ‘Tapa’ (Penances).
Navratri Puja Mantra
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ ब्रह्मचारिणी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
दधाना कर पद्माभ्याम अक्षमाला कमण्डलू।
देवी प्रसीदतु मई ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा।।
Yā dēvī sarvabhūtēṣu mām̐ brahmacāriṇī rūpēṇa sansthitā |
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namō nama: ||
Dadhānā kara padmābhyāma akṣamālā kamaṇḍalū |
Dēvī prasīdatu ma’ī brahmacāriṇyanuttamā ||
Goddess Brahmcharini blesses you with great emotional strength and you may be able to keep your mental balance and confidence even in the darkest hour. She inspires you to hold on to your ethics and march on the path of duty.
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