The nine-day festival Navratri is one of the most auspicious festivals for Hindus. Navratri is observed twice a year, in spring and autumn. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in spring. Sharad Navratri, on the other hand, is observed in autumn. On Sharad Navratri, devotees worship the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga, known as Navdurga.
On the second day of Navratri, the second form of Navdurga, Maa Brahmacharini is worshipped. She adorns a peaceful and pleasant look in white clothes. She holds a japa mala (string of beads) in one hand and a Kamandal, a traditional water pot in another hand. According to Hindu scriptures, Goddess Brahmacharini pursued penance to appease Lord Shiva.
Om Dadhana Karapadmabhyamakshamala Kamandalu
Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmacharinyanuttama
Om Devi Brahmacharinyai Namah ॥
- On this day, the devotees wake up early to be present for the morning puja.
- They’re expected to wear fresh and clean clothes for the puja.
- The idol of Goddess Brahmacharini is dipped in honey and milk and finally, vermillion is applied to the forehead of the idol.
- Devotees offer flowers, sandalwood, milk, rice, curd, and honey to the Goddess Brahmacharini during the puja.
- She is worshipped with Hibiscus and white Lotus flowers during the pooja.
Bhog to offer to Goddess Brahmacharini:
On Day 2 of Navratri, offer prasad of sugar.