Life is a transition of happiness and so we pray to the divine mother, Durga for fulfilling our wishes. Navaratri is a festival that is celebrated over a time span of nine days by masses from different corners of the Indian subcontinent. This festival captures the heart of the people not just within the country, but even outside its boundaries. This festival is mainly of sentiment and home coming. People who stay away from their home are bound to take out their time for visiting their beloved ones during this time of the year. People buy gifts for this occasion for their family, friends and office colleagues. A gift box can bring a whole lot of joy. But if someone is too busy and is unable to buy gifts for their family, friends, colleagues or acquaintances physically, they can always go on with this renowned web portal, PujaShoppe for some amazing online corporate gifts. Apart from gifting happiness people roam around the city for pandal hopping and gazing at different Durga idols. Of course eating out or dine in is a major part of any puja.
Let’s enrich our inner depth with spiritual holiness
According to Vedic scriptures, Goddess Durga is a symbol of power. Many people are unaware about the nine different forms of Goddess Durga which are commonly termed as Navadurga. Each of the nine forms of Durgā is worshiped with full faith and devotion during Navarātri.
Brahmachāriṇī is one of the nine forms of Durga. On the second day of Navaratri, Maa Brahmacharini, a manifestation of Maa Durga is worshiped. Brahmachāriṇī signifies one who observes the state of celibacy doing penance. The form of Goddess Brahmacharini is extremely lustrous and dignified. She holds a Kamandal in her left hand rosary in her right hand and wears Rudraksha round her neck. She is generally shown in barefoot, holding a pot of holy water. Maa Brahmacharini bespeaks of love and loyalty, wisdom and knowledge.
The myth that follows
Goddess Brahmacharini was born at Himalaya. It is believed that Devrishi Narada swayed her thoughts and she practised tough retribution as she was determined to win Lord Shiva as her divine partner. She spent hundreds of years eating very little or sometimes nothing at all. Her penance was very pure and had unbelievable strength and power. She was a Sati and her unmarried form is worshiped. This was the form that Lord Shiva fell in love with in the beginning. Her desire to win Lord Shiva as her divine consort was finally fulfilled at last.
The chanting mantra of divine Bramhacharini Maa is…
“या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ ब्रह्मचारिणी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
दधाना कर पद्माभ्याम अक्षमाला कमण्डलू।
देवी प्रसीदतु मई ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा।।”
Navratri is a very special occasion for everyone. This Navratri, may the Goddess of Shakti bless you with your new beginnings and bring your dedication and admiration together towards success.