Navratri First Day 2023
The first day of Sharad navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri, who is also a form of Mother Nature. She is the first incarnation (First Avatar) of Goddess Durga.
When it comes to celebrating the first day, the festival happens to take place in Shukla Paksha Pratipada of Ashwin month during Sharad Navratri. During the first day of the Spring season (month), goddess Shailputri is worshiped to welcome Navratri.
About Goddess Shailputri
The meaning of “Shailputri” is, Shail means the Mountain and the Putri means the Daughter of Mountain. Well, Goddess Shailputri was the daughter of Himavan (a Mountain Range). She was the younger sister of Goddess Ganga, who has been brought to Earth by King Bhagirath. Talking about her lifestyle, she was fascinated with the idol of Lord Shiva and worshipped it devotedly to win the love of the Lord. On this auspicious day, the devotees tend to wear yellow color as a symbol of ultimate devotion to the Goddess.
The worshipped deity, Goddess Shailputri, is said to wear grey colored saree and holds a Lotus flower in one hand; while, waving other hand for giving blessings. Seated on a bull named Nandi, she happens to preach peace by warning off the evils from the world. A deity so pious and so beautiful, Shailputri always made sure that justice was served. By awakening spiritualism in a person, the Goddess enlightens the soul of her devotees.
NAVRATRI DAY 1 INFORMATION
|NAVRATRI DAY 1 DATE||15 October, 2023|
|FIRST DAY GODDESS||Maa Shailputri|
|OTHER NAMES||Sati, Bhavani, Hemavati, Shakti, Parvati|
|FLOWER||Shoe Flower, Hibiscus|
|DONATION (DAAN)||Black and White Til|
|WEAPON||Trident (Trishul), Lotus|
|NAVDURGA – AVATAR||First Incarnation of Goddess Durga|
|MANTRA||ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥ – Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah॥|