Navratri First Day: Know About The Worship Of Goddess Shailputri
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The Origin And Early Life Of Maa Shailputri
The holy nine-day festival of Navratri commences with the worship of Maa Shailputri, who is the daughter of Himalayas and is worshipped on the first night of the nine nights. The word Shailputri consists of two Sanskrit words, Shail meaning Mountain and Putri meaning Daughter. So, as per the Indian tradition, Goddess Shailputri is the daughter of the mighty mountain Himalayas. Her father is called the Emperor of the Mountains. Well, Maa Shailputri is the first avatar of the nine avatars of Goddess Durga.

Goddess Shailputri Symbolizes The Hindu Trinity: Brahma, Vishnu And Shiva
As per her visual depiction, Maa Shailputri is mounted on a bull, and has a lance in her right hand, and holds a lotus flower & trident in her hands. She is immensely powerful. In fact, as per the tradition, she combines the power and energy of the Hindu trinity, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. In her previous birth, Goddess Shailputri was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati. She was named Sati and was highly devoted to Lord Shiva since her childhood. When she grew up, she married Lord Shiva.

Navratri Sadhana Begins With The Invocation Of Maa Shailputri
Maa Shailputri has abundant divine powers. If she is pleased with your efforts, she will bless you with a lot of success and happiness. While meditating on the first day of Navratri, a devotee should focus on the body parts of Muladhara Chakra. This day commences the Navratri sadhana. On this day you should chant Shailputri Dhyan and Mantra. This goddess can fulfil all the materialistic desires, and you can thus experience completeness in your life. The devotee needs to keep his or her mind focused on the Muladhara Chakra.

Important Dates and Muhurat Timings For the First Day Of Navratri
Shardiya Ghatasthapana: October 17, 2020
Ghatasthapana Muhurat: 6.23 am to 10.12 am
Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat: 11.43 am to 12.29 PM
Pratipada Tithi: 1.00 am to 9.08 pm on October 17
Chitra Nakshatra Begins: 2.58 pm on October 16, 2020
Chitra Nakshatra Ends: 11.52 am on October 17, 2020

The Importance Of Vedic Rituals During Navratri
Furthermore, perform the puja by following Vedic rituals. You can now book your personalised puja, where our Vedic Panditji will follow all the traditional Vedic rituals and procedures to generate the maximum positive energy from the puja.

The Mantra And Other Facts About Maa Shailputri:
Maa Shailputri Dhyan: Vande Vanchhit Laabhaya Chandrardha Krita Shekharaam Vrisharudham Shooladharam Shailputrim Yashasvinim.

Maa Shailputri Mantra for the first day of Navratri: Om Sham Shailputraye Namah. (Chant 108 times).

Colour of the first day: Grey.
Prasad of the first day: Banana and Ghee made from cow milk & Crystal Sugar.

About 2020 Shardiya Navratri Ghatasthapana
Ghatasthapana is one of the significant rituals during Navratri. It marks the beginning of nine days of festivity. Our scriptures have well-defined rules and guidelines to perform Ghatasthapana during a certain period at the beginning of Navratri. Ghatasthapana is the invocation of Goddess Shakti and doing it wrong time, as our scriptures forewarn, might bring the wrath of the Goddess Shakti. Ghatasthapana is prohibited during Amavasya and night time.

The most auspicious or Shubh time to do Ghatasthapana is first one-third of the day while Pratipada is prevailing. If due to some reasons this time is not available then Ghatasthapana can be done during Abhijit Muhurta. It is advised to avoid Nakshatra Chitra and Vaidhriti Yoga during Ghatasthapana but those are not prohibited. The most important factor to consider is that Ghatasthapana is done before Hindu midday while Pratipada is prevailing.

With Ganesha's Grace,
The Team