Chaitra Navratri 2023 Day 1
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Chaitra Navratri 2023 Maa Shailputri Puja Vidhi: Chaitra Navratri has started from today. As soon as the Chaitra Navratri begins, for the next 9 days, echoes of Maa Durga’s worship and mantras will be heard in homes and temples. According to the Hindu calendar, Chaitra Navratri starts from the Pratipada date of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. The festival of Navratri is the best day to worship Maa Durga and get the fruits. With the commencement of Chaitra Navratri, the Hindu New Year Vikram Samvat 2080 will also begin. Along with this, the festival of Gudi Padwa will also be celebrated with pomp across Maharashtra. On the first day of Navratri, Maa Shailputri, the first form of Maa Durga, is worshipped, while establishing the Kalash.
According to the Puranas, it is the Goddess who creates, maintains and destroys the universe in the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. At the behest of Lord Mahadev, Mother Parvati took innumerable forms to kill demons like Raktabeej Shumbha-Nishumbha, Madhu-Katabh etc. But the main nine forms of the Goddess are worshipped. Each day of Navratri is dedicated to a particular form of the Mother Goddess and worshiping each form fulfills different desires. Mother Shailputri, the first form of Mother Durga, is worshiped on the first day of Navratri.
Mother Shailputri was born like this
Maa Durga is worshiped in her first form by the name of Shailputri. Being the daughter of Parvatraj Himalaya, she was named Shailputri. In her previous birth, she was born as the daughter of Prajapati Daksha, then her name was Sati. He was married to Lord Shankarji. Once Prajapati Daksha performed a huge yagya in which he invited all the gods to receive their share of the yagya, but he did not invite Shankar ji to this yagya, when Sati heard that our father had performed a huge yagya. They are doing rituals, then their mind got disturbed to go there. He told this wish of his to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva said – “Prajapati Daksh is angry with us for some reason, he has invited all the gods in his yagya but has deliberately not invited us. In such a situation, your going there will not be creditable in any way.”
Goddess Sati’s heart was very sad due to this advice of Shankar ji. His eagerness to go there to see his father’s Yagya and meet his mother and sisters could not be reduced in any way. Seeing his strong request, Shivji allowed him to go there. Sati reached her father’s house and saw that no one was talking to her with respect and love. Only his mother embraced him with affection. Goddess Sati was greatly distressed by this behavior of the family members. He also saw that there was a feeling of contempt towards Lord Shiva, Daksha also said some derogatory words towards him.
Seeing all this, Sati’s heart was filled with guilt and anger. He thought that I had made a big mistake by coming here by not listening to Lord Shankar ji. She could not tolerate this insult of her husband Lord Shiva, she immediately burnt that form of her to ashes with the fire of Yoga. Hearing this terrible and tragic incident like a thunderclap, Shankar ji got angry and sent his ganas to completely destroy that yagya of Daksha. Sati was born as the daughter of Shailraj Himalaya in the next birth after burning her body with the fire of Yoga. This time she became famous by the name Shailputri. Parvati, Hemvati are also their names. Even in this birth, Shailputri Devi was married to Shankar ji only.
Maa Shailputri is the form of Goddess Parvati, who gets pleased easily by worshiping her with ease and gives desired results to the devotees. If the mind is distracted and there is a lack of self-power, then worshiping Maa Shailputri is beneficial.
Praise Mantra of Maa Shailputri
Vande Vanchitlabhay Chandrardhakrit Shekharam.
Vrisharudha Shuldharam Shailputri Yashswinim ॥
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