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Significance of Day 1 of Navratri: Maa Shailputri

Each day of Navrati is dedicated to a form of the Goddess Durga and I will try to emphasize the present-day relevance of each one of them using a poem. You can also read the significance of each day. Have a blessed Navratri.

The first day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri. She is the reincarnation of Maa Parvati and an embodiment of the holy trinity — Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. A crescent moon adorns her forehead, and she can be seen seated on a white bull.

To pray to Maa Shailputri, one can chant this mantra dedicated to her 108 times or in its multiples:

‘Om Devi Shailputryai Swaha’.

You can view the Aarti of Maa Shailputri here:

Humble Prayers to Maa Shailputri

The daughter of the grand Himalayas,
my deep respect to thee;
you give us the message of calm,
however turbulent life may be.

You persevered through years and lives,
to get what you penance for;
inspiring us to never give up,
follow our inner core.

You bless those who pray to you,
guide them to see within;
to realize their potential and inch towards success,
assuring a steady and sure win.

A win not over others but ourselves,
learn to grow each day;
to stick to what we truly believe,
not bothering what others say.

You teach that love and power,
can well go hand in hand;
neither in extreme can help you bloom,
be steadfast and take your stance.

For all that you believe in,
for all that your conscience holds dear;
stick to your values that define you,
shun the web of fear.

You are a peaceful soul,
that's your true nature;
just believe in yourself and keep moving,
to achieve the deserved stature.

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