First Day of Navratri : October 14 Wednesday, 2015
Mata Shailputri – First Avatar of Durga
Origin – After the self-immolation as Goddess Sati, Goddess Parvati took birth as the daughter of Lord Himalaya. In Sanskrit Shail means the mountain and due to which Goddess was known as Shailputri, the daughter of the mountain.
Governing Planet – It is believed that the Moon, the provider of all fortunes, is governed by Goddess Shail-putri and any bad effect of the Moon can be overcome by worshipping this form of Adi Shakti.
Iconography – The mount of Goddess Shailputri is bull and because of that she is also known as Vrisharudha (वृषारूढ़ा). Goddess Shailputri is depicted with two hands. She carries Trishul in the right hand and the lotus flower in the left hand.
Worship Maa Shailputri on the first day of Navaratri
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ शैलपुत्री रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
Details – She is also known as Hemavati and Parvati. Due to her importance among all nine forms Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. Similar to her previous birth as Goddess Sati, Goddess ShailPutri got married to Lord Shiva
वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम् ||
Vandē vāddrichatalābhāya candrārdhakr̥taśēkharāma |
vr̥ṣārūḍhāṁ śūladharāṁ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm ||
Shailputri (Daughter of Mountain)
Goddess Shailputri is the first among the nine forms of Durga. Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. The word ‘Shail’ means mountains and ‘Putri’ means daughter, thus the name as Goddess Shail-putri is the daughter of the King of the Mountains Himalaya.