The auspicious and grand Sharad Navratri has started from today. The nine-day Hindu festival will end on October 15.
The Shailputri avatar of Devi Durga is worshipped on day one of Navratri it is celebrated across India with full pomp and festivity.
Goddess Shailputri was Devi Sati, the daughter of King Daksha in her previous birth. Devi Sati had ended her life by setting herself on fire after her father mocked her husband, Lord Shiva. In her next birth, she was born as Devi Shailputri to Himalaya.
The Devi Shailputri has a crescent moon on her temple, two hands, carrying a Trishul (trident) in the right and a lotus flower on the left.
She is the goddess of the Muladhara Chakra or the Root Chakra, upon awakening begins her journey upwardsand she is associated with crimson red colour.
Puja Vidhi : On the first day of Navratri, the Ghatasthapana ritual is begin, the puja by citing Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings for Navratri fast to be hurdle free. Followed by citing Goddess Shailputri and requesting her to accept their humble prayers.
Bhog : As per to the rituals, it is said that offering Cow Ghee on this day as a Bhog to the Devi can bring good fortune and health.