After revering Devi Shailaputri on the first day, the devotees gear up to worship the second form of Goddess Durga – Maa Brahmacharini. She is worshipped on the second day of Navratri festival. 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 wish fulfilled to become Lord Shiva’s consort. Devi Brahmacharini is symbolic of love and immense strength.
According to mythological texts, Goddess Brahmacharini is given the name because of harsh penance she did to get Lord Shiva as her husband. 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” charini is the feminine version of one who is a charya, (which means “occupation with, engaging, proceeding)
The benign and peaceful form of Brahmacharini brings serenity and calmness in the minds and instils a great degree of self-confidence in people.
Scriptures say Goddess Brahmacharini is the ruler of the planet Mars. She is the giver of all fortune and she dispels the deepest sorrow of her devotees removing all their mental afflictions.
She is worshipped to remove Mangal Dosh and the problems resulting from the unfavorable position of Mars in the horoscope.
Mantra of Brahmacharini (Please chant the mantra as many times as possible throughout the day even while doing your daily chores):
Mantra to be chanted on this day is “Oṃ Devī Brahmacāriṇyai Namaḥ”
What to offer? Goddess Brahmacharini is offered sugar for the longevity of the family members.
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