Shailputri, Maa Brahmcharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skandmata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Mahagauri and Maa Siddhidatri. Each day of the festival is dedicated to each Goddess. On the first day of the nine-day festival, Maa Shailputri, known to be a form of Parvati and a reincarnation of Sati, is worshipped by people. Her name is formed with two words Shail (mountain) + Putri (daughter), meaning daughter of the mountains.
Who is Maa Shailputri?
After Goddess Sati’s self-immolation, Goddess Parvati took birth as Lord Himalaya’s daughter and was known as Maa Shailputri (Hemavati or Parvati). Maa Shailputri has two hands – she carries Trishul in the right hand and a lotus flower in the left hand – and mounts a bull. Her colour is white denotes purity, innocence, peace and calmness. Similar to her previous birth as Goddess Sati, Goddess Shailputri married Lord Shiva. (Also Read: Navratri 2022: History, significance, celebrations and all you need to know about this 9-day festival)
Navratri 2022 Day1: Reason behind the worship of maa Shail Putri
Maa Shailputri is one of the Navadurgas and the provider of fortune and prosperity. Devotees hail her as mother nature and pray for their spiritual awakening. Additionally, the Goddess governs the Moon, provider of all fortunes. It is believed that any bad effect of the Moon can be overcome by worshipping her.