Navratri 2017 day 2: The auspicious nine days festival during which Mata Durga (Goddess Durga) is worshipped as well as her nine avatars is here. Today is day 2 of the celebrations.
Navratri 2017 day 2: The auspicious nine days festival during which Mata Durga (Goddess Durga) is worshipped as well as her nine avatars is here. Today is day 2 of the celebrations. This whole festival is the celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It is believed that Goddess Durga annihilated the demon Mahishasura after a relentless battle that lasted for nine days. So during these nine days, we celebrate all her nine forms of- Goddess Shailputri, Goddess Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta, Goddess Kushmanda, Goddess Skandmata, Goddess Katyayani, Goddess Kaalratri, Goddess Mahagauri and Goddess Siddhidatri. On the first day, people worshipped Goddess Shailputri, who is considered to be the daughter of the king of mountains, the Himalayas and today is the day of Goddess Brahmacharini.
Out of all the nine forms of Goddess Durga, Goddess Brahmacharini is depicted as monastic and blissful. Devotees pray to this form of Durga for peace, prosperity, and grace. Goddess Brahmacharini is depicted as walking in bare feet. She has two hands and she carries Jap Mala in the right hand and Kamandal in the left hand. According to Drikpanchang, after the Kushmanda form, Goddess Parvati took birth at the home of Daksha Prajapati. In this form, the Goddess Parvati was known as the great Sati and her unmarried form is worshipped as Goddess Brahmacharini.
It is believed that Lord Mangal, the provider of all fortunes, is governed by Goddess Brahmacharini. According to mythology, Goddess Brahmacharini did severe penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. She performed hard austerity and due to which she was called Brahmacharini. It is stated that during her penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband she spent 1000 years on a diet of flowers and fruits and another 100 years on the diet on leafy vegetables while sleeping on the floor. As legends go Goddess Brahmacharini immolated herself by wishing to get a father in her next birth who can respect her husband Lord Shiva, as per Drikpanchang.