Brahmacharini Rituals, Significance and Celebration
The second day of the Navratri festival is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Brahmacharini. After worshipping Goddess Shailputri on the first day of Navratri, the devotees observe and perform Brahmacharini Puja on the second day.
Goddess Brahmacharini is the second form of Goddess Durga who is a female student and possesses a firm desire to marry Lord Mahadev. She is regarded as the unmarried form of Goddess Parvati. After a long penance of thousands of years, her wish to become the consort of Lord Shiva was fulfilled. Goddess Brahmacharini symbolizes immense strength and true love.
As per the Hindu scriptures, it is believed that Goddess Brahmacharini is known for her harsh penance and firm dedication to become Lord Shiva’s wife. The term Brahma denotes the one with sacred knowledge, absolute reality, and self-existent spirit and the word Charini signifies the feminine version of charya that denotes conduct and behavior. On the second day of Navratri, devotees hear and read the story of Goddess Brahmacharini.
As per the Hindu beliefs, Goddess Brahmacharin symbolizes the second form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Brahmacharini is also popular by the names of Uma, Aparna, and Tapashcharini. Maa Brahmacharini signifies firm meditation and spirituality. Such form of Goddess Durga is represented as a dedicated Yogini who wears a white colored saree with an orange border on it. Brahmacharini Devi is always seen bare feet and holds rosary and Kamandal (sacred water pot) in her hands.
As per the Hindu scriptures, it is believed that devotees worship Goddess Brahmacharini so that all there sufferings can be taken away by the deity. Goddess Brahmacharini is the epitome of firm determination and immense tolerance. She blesses her devotees with firm motivation and unbreakable grit. Lord Mangal is governed by the Goddess Brahmacharini and individuals can get relieved from any kind of bad effect of Lord Mangal by worshipping and chanting the mantras of Goddess Brahmacharini. As per the popular belief, women who observe a fast of Brahmacharini Devi are bestowed with happiness, prosperity, and peace.
Legend of Goddess Brahmacharini
As per the Hindu Mythology and Shiva Maha Purana, when Goddess Parvati took birth as the daughter of King Himalaya, she realized her association with Lord Shiva. Since the age of teenage, Goddess Parvati wished to marry Lord Shiva and become his consort. To accomplish her desire, she followed a path of huge penance and austerity. Goddess Parvati started living only on the consumption of Bilva leaves and later she even restricted herself from eating those leaves too. She completely abstained herself from the consumption of water and food, so that she can have firm dedication while worshipping her deity. Pleased with the hardships, penance and true devotion of Goddess Parvati for thousands of years, Lord Shiva granted the wish of the Goddess and married her.
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