Navratri 2018: Day 1&2: Today you worship Maa Shailputri and Maa Brahmacharini

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 10: The auspicious festival of Navratri is here and the enthusiastic devotees are all set to welcome the Goddess with fervour and emotions. Navaratri is a nine-day long festival and during these nine days, nine different types of Goddesses are worshipped as Maa Durga manifests herself in nine different ways in these nine days. Navaratri is one of the most awaited festivals which is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country. Navratri in the Northern part of the country is Durga Puja in the Eastern zone. This is one of the most revered and auspicious festivals in India. This year the 'Kalash Sthapna' auspicious muhurat is just for 1 hour 2 minutes. So devotees have to get up fast and perform the puja quickly. First and Second Navratri is on the same day and after 7.25 AM the second Naratra sets in and you cannot do 'kalash Sthapan' then. Day 5 Navratri will be for two days this year. Maa is arriving on a boat and is departing on an elephant. The puja starts on 10th October, Wednesday. Here we tell you the Navratra Puja vidhi, titthi and shubh muhurat

Day 1: Shailputri Shailputri is the first manifestation of Goddess Durga. As per Shiva Purana, Goddess Shailputri in her previous birth was born to Daksha Prajapati and was named ‘Sati’. She was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and wanted to marry him. She meditated to win the Lord. Lord Shiva bestowed upon her the desired boon and accepted her as his consort. Sati’s father Daksha Prajapati, did not like this union and insulted Shiva by not inviting him in one of his special gatherings. Infuriated upon the humiliation meted out to her husband, Sati immolated herself and sacrificed her life in honour of her husband. In her next birth Sati was born as a daughter to Himalaya, the Lord of Mountains and thus, was called Shailputri. Sailputri is also worshipped as Parvati or Hemvati. The first day of Navratri is dedicated to worshipping Shailputri. Devotees offer pure desi ghee on the foot of Shailputri. Day 2: Goddess Brahmacharini The second day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini. She is depicted as a monastic goddess in Hindu scriptures, two-armed, clad in white and holding a rudraksha mala and a sacred Kamandalu. Her stance is of utmost piety and devotion. Her meditative form is related to the severe penance undertaken by Sati and Parvati in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as their beloved consort. She is also known as Tapasyacharini. It is believed that when Parvati was engaged in her deep meditation to please Lord Shiva, she was reduced to a mere skeleton. Her austere penance gained her the name of Bharahmacharini by all the devtas and Gods who were awestruck by her reverence. Worshiping this form of Shakti is known to invoke the spirit of penance, renunciation, virtue and nobility. Goddess Brahmacharini is a lover of simple food and offerings.