Today, October 11, 2018, is the second day of the festive season Navratri. After revering Devi Shailaputri on the first day, the devotees gear up to worship the second form of Goddess Durga – Maa Brahmacharini. Brahmacharini stands for a devoted female student who only desired to marry Lord Shiva. This form is considered as the unmarried mediating form of Goddess Parvati. Her constant penance for a thousand years got her to wish fulfilled to become Lord Shiva’s consort. Devi Brahmacharini is symbolic of love and immense strength. She holds a rosary in one hand and a Kamandal in other.
Brahmacharini is a combination of two Sanskrit roots – Brahma(shortened from Brahman), means “the one self-existent Spirit, the Absolute Reality, Universal Self, Personal God, the sacred knowledge” and charini is the feminine version of one who is a charya, which means “occupation with, engaging, proceeding, behaviour, conduct, to follow, going after”.
Colour of the day:
Wear yellow on this day and offer sugar to Goddess Brahmacharini in order to increase the life expectancy of your family members.
You can perform puja of Goddess Brahmacharini with flowers, roli, akshat, sandalwood. For the bath, you will need milk, curd, sugar, and honey. Offer paan and supari to the Goddess and at the end of the pray to Navagrahas and your Ishta Devta. The Goddess is believed to be fond of hibiscus and lotus flowers, so offer a garland made out of these flowers to her and then perform aarti.
Maa Brahmacharini Mantra:
According to mythological texts, Goddess Brahmacharini is given the name because of harsh penance she did to get Lord Shiva as her husband.
Worshipping Maa Brahmacharini will take away all sufferings of the devotee. Being the epitome of extreme tolerance and steely determination, she blesses her followers with unshakable grit and motivation.