Nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during the Navratri. On the first day, Shail Putri is worshipped. Devi Brahamcharini is worshipped on the second day of the auspicious festival.
As the name implies Brahma or penance, which is also referred as Sages (Tapasvi), Devi Brahamcharini also reflects the qualities of a penance. She is the Goddess of Sages and Saints (Rishi – Muni). She is the second most beautiful form of the Goddess Durga and holds a Kamandal in her one hand and rosary in the other. Goddess wears white sari with bright border of orange color. Her ornaments are made up of Rudrakash.
Brahamcharini is also the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge. The Yogis or the Sadhaks admire this form of Maa Durga during Navratri to accomplish the Yog-Sadhna and fulfill their desires with hard penance. Divine light coming from the back of her head give more glory to her luster.
The mantra associated with the Maa Brahamcharini Puja is as follows –
Dadhana Karpadma abhyamaksh Mala kamandalu
Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmacharinya Nuttama
How Goddess Durga got the name Brahamcharini
According to the legend, when Parvati realized her love toward Lord Shiva, Sage Narad advised her to perform deep and hard penance to impress Lord Shiva. Parvati agreed and performed the hard penance with desired customs and rituals for long eras and fought through various painful suffering of the nature. However, she continued her Tapasya while eating leaves of the Bilva Tree for thousands of years. This hard penance of Maa Parvati did not go in vain and she pleased Lord Shiva. Due to such hard tapasya of Mata Parvati she got the name of Brahamcharini.
During the Navratri festival, Goddess Brahamcharini is worshipped on the second day to acquire the power to observe fast until nine days. The worshippers chant mantras and offer invocation to Goddess to get her immense blessings.
By worshipping the Goddess wholeheartedly, the people can strengthen their metabolism, stamina and can survive for days without eating much and this does not cause any adverse effect on the health. The second day of Navratri puja is dedicated to Goddess Brahamcharini, so worship the goddess with proper customs and rituals, and get the blessings of the Goddess.
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