Navratri, the 9-day long festival started on October 7 and is celebrated with a lot of pomp, show and enthusiasm across the country.
Thr 9 days holds a great significance and nine different avatars of Goddess Durga is worshipped.
The first day of the festival is dedicated to Mata Shailputri. And, today the second day of the festival, the devotees worship Mata Brahmacharini avatar of Maa Durga, who symbolises wisdom and knowledge.
Mata Brahmacharini is associated with the colour green as it signifies calmness and energy as well as it marks new beginnings and growth.
As per to the ancient Hindu mythology, Mata Brahmacharini is the unmarried avatar and the word Brahmacharini is the combination of two words that is Brahma which means penance and Charni means conduct.
Brahmacharini of Ma Durga wears white clothes, walks bare feet as well as holds a Kamandal and a japa mala. This avatar of Ma Durga signifies love, honesty, wisdom, and knowledge.
Goddess Brahmacharini's idol is given a bath in Panchamrit that is made with five ingredients which includes honey, sugar, milk, curd, and ghee.
The devotees offers flowers, roli, akshat and sandalwood as well as place supari and paan next to the idol of the goddess.
Followed by the recitation of the mantra and the aarti in the end.
The mantra that devotees recites : "Ya devi sarvabhuteu maa brahmacharii rupea sansthita |
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah ||
Dadhana kara padmabhyama akamala kamaalu |
Devi prasidatu maa brahmachariyanuttama ||"
Devotees offers sugar and Panchamrit as a bhog to the Goddess and sought to bring happiness and prosperity.