Navratri 2018 Day 1: Maa Shailputri, Importance, Unknown Facts, Puja Vidhi, Aarti, Colour, Do’s and Don’ts
Navratri 2018 has started from October 10 and will end on October 17 with Ram Navami. 18th October will be celebrated as Viajaya Dashmi or Dussehra. Navratri is popularly celebrated among the Hindu communities in India and across the world. It is celebrated to honour the feminine power. The nine manifestations of Goddess Durga is worshipped on each day. Each day of Navratri (Nine days) is designated to each manifestation of the Goddess. On day 1 of Navratri 2018, Goddess Shailputri is worshipped, which is one of the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Let’s read how to worship Goddess Shailputri.
Goddess Shailputri is also known as Bhavani, Parvati or Hemvati. Shail means mountains and Putri means daughter. Hence, she is called Shailputri, since she is the daughter of a mountain. In the pictures and idols, Goddess Shailputri is shown carrying a Trishul in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand. She is mounted on Nandi (bull). She is the ruler of planet Mars. If anyone worships her, they are believed to be provided with good fortune.
Navratri 2018 Puja stars with Kalash Sthapana or popularly known as Ghatasthapana. The devotees sow the seeds of barley in a clay pot or a Kalash. This signifies prosperity and invocation of the Goddess in the house. It is not performed during Amavasya and night time. Since, Tuesday (9th October) was an Amavasya, the Kalash Sthapana was performed early morning on 10th October. The Kalash is decorated with vermilion (Sindoor), turmeric (Haldi) and flowers. The Kalash with seeds is watered everyday and worshipped.
Goddess Shailputri Puja Vidhi, Colour, Mantra
The puja begins with smearing vermilion on the forehead of Goddess Shailputri idol or picture. The feet of the idol are washed with holy Ganges water using hands. The idol is then offered with flowers, fruits, sweets. The mantras are recited with heart, followed by an Aarti.
A ghee lamp is lighted for nine days. A chapter of Durga Saptshathi is ready everyday to invoke positive air in the house. Many devotees fast throughout the nine days of Navratri. However, you can also fast on the fast and the last day of the holy nine days.
Maa Shailputri Aarti
शैलपुत्री माँ बैल असवार। करें देवता जय जय कार॥
शिव-शंकर की प्रिय भवानी। तेरी महिमा किसी ने न जानी॥
पार्वती तू उमा कहलावें। जो तुझे सुमिरे सो सुख पावें॥
रिद्धि सिद्धि परवान करें तू। दया करें धनवान करें तू॥
सोमवार को शिव संग प्यारी। आरती जिसने तेरी उतारी॥
उसकी सगरी आस पुजा दो। सगरे दुःख तकलीफ मिटा दो॥
घी का सुन्दर दीप जला के। गोला गरी का भोग लगा के॥
श्रद्धा भाव से मन्त्र जपायें। प्रेम सहित फिर शीश झुकायें॥
जय गिरराज किशोरी अम्बे। शिव मुख चन्द्र चकोरी अम्बे॥
मनोकामना पूर्ण कर दो। चमन सदा सुख सम्पत्ति भर दो॥
Maa Shailputri Mantra
ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah॥
The colour of Navratri day 1 is Royal Blue.