Nine nights of Navrati have begun on the pratipada tithi and many different communities from all the corners of our country have welcomed Goddess Durga in their homes. The word ‘Nav’means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night, so the word Navratri means the nine nights where nine different forms of Goddess Durga are celebrated.
All of her nine forms represent nine attributes and nine forms of life. There are specific colors for every day. Maa Durga is said to the eternal divine power; the one who can’t be created and can never be destroyed. On the first day of Navratri her avatar as ‘SHAILAPUTRI’ is celebrated.
Shailaputri means the daughter of mountains. ‘Shail’ means mountain and ‘putri’means daughter. Goddess Shailaputri symbolizes the power of brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha in one form of Shakti. She is also known as Sati, Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati. Residing in every person’s Muladhara CHakra, SHailputri signifies existence. She is visualized holding a trident and a lotus in her hands and rides a bull.
Vande vaanchhit laabhaaya chandrardha krita sekharaam, vrishaarudhaam shuladharaam shaila-putrim yashasvinim
It means that may the illustrious Shailputri Durga whom I salute and whose head is adorned by a halfmoon, who rides nandi, a bull and carries a spear fulfill the desires of my heart. She is known as 1st phase of Durga when she took birth as the daughter of Great Himalayas.