Navratri is nine days festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, it falls four times in a year. This navratri in the month of March-April (Vasanta Ritu) is called Chaitra Navratri as this is the month of Chaitra according to our Hindu calendar. Goddess Durga is the symbol of Power and strength she is the power behind the work of creation, protection, and destruction of the world. Maa Durga is worshipped on these 9 days to seek her blessings to have a peaceful life. Maa Durga manifests herself in nine forms and one of these nine forms is worshipped each day during navratra. Each day of Navratri has a specific color and on the first day of Navratri wearing Grey is considered auspicious.
Navratri First Day – Maa Shailputri:
Today is first day of navratra called Pratiprada. On this day Goddess Durga is worshipped in form of Maa Shailputri which is another name of Goddess Parvati, she is also called the Devi of Himalayas. Lord Shiva is also worshipped on this day as he is the consort of Goddess Parvati. Maa Shailputri symbolizes nature and so she looks after all the living beings on earth be it plants, tress, animals, insects or humans. To worship Maa Shaiputra following manta is chanted-
वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम् ||
Vandē vāddrichatalābhāya candrārdhakr̥taśēkharāma |
vr̥ṣārūḍhāṁ śūladharāṁ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm ||
There are different chakras in one body and awakening of these chakras is important for the upliftment of one’s soul. Worshipping Maa Shaiputri with full devotion and pure heart awakens the root chakra or muladhara chakra and it marks the beginning of the journey of spiritual awakening and purpose of life. Without this root chakra it is not possible to do anything worthwhile and thus worshipping Maa Parvati is of immense importance.
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Each day of Navratri has a specific colour and on the first day of Navratri wearing Grey is considered auspicious.