The festive season in the country has begun and people are busy in the celebrations of Navratri. The Navratri is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus. The devotions among the Hindus for nine days bring changes in their daily routine. Each and every day of Navratri has different significance and values for the devotees. Each day is also associated with one colour and one planetary body.
Today is the second day of Navratri and on this day Maa Brahmacharini, an avataar of Maa Durga, is worshipped. Goddess Brahmacharini is the daughter of the Himalaya and Mena. The word “Brahm” refers to Tapa (penance) – Her name means “one who performs Tapa (penance)”.
It is believed that in this form, Parvati became the great Sati and her unmarried self is worshipped as Brahmacharini.
Here is how to worship Brahmacharini:
The best way to worship Goddess is by offering lotus and hibiscus, beetle leaves, cloves and milk. On these days devotees can also recite mantra “Ya devi sarvabhoteshu brahmacharini roopena sansthita, namastayayi namastasyayi namastasyayi namo namaha (I salute the divine power that resides everywhere in this universe, Goddess Brahmacharini).”
It is believed that green colour is the favourite color of Goddess, therefore, you may wear green coloured clothes while worshipping. The same applies for the food and food items that are green in colour.
This year the festival starts on 21 September and ends on 30 September.