The auspicious occasion of 'Navratri' begins with the worship of Maa Shailputri. In sanskrit, Shail means the mountain and Putri means daughter. Since Devi Sati was incarnated as Goddess Parvati to the Lord of Mountains, she is known as 'Shailputri'

Being the consort of Mahadev, Devi Shailputri is worshipped along with Lord Shiva. She is the goddess of purity and also a form of mother Nature (Prakriti). With the worship of Shailputri, the devotees are believed to have entered the 'Moolchakra'

Embodiment of Devi Shailputri:

Having 'trishul' in her right hand and 'lotus' in the left hand, Devi Shailputri rides 'Nandi'

Various Names:
Hemavati, Parvati, Vrisharudha

Governing Planet:
It is believed that moon is governed by Devi, and thus worshiping her brings good fortune. Also, it is considered that one who worships Goddess Shailputri never falls sick.

Days of Worship:
In 2015, Devi Shailputri will be worshiped on 13th and 14th October.

Way of Worship:
According the rituals, cow's 'Ghee' should be offered to the goddess and thereafter should be given to a 'Brahman'

Mantra to worship Maa Shialputri:
वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम्‌ ||


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