One of all nine forms of Devi Durga is worshipped every day in Navaratri. The first form of Maa Durga is Shailputri, who was born to the King of Mountains. “Shail” means mountain and “putri” means daughter. Hence, she is called Shailputri – the daughter of mountain. Maa Shailputri, an absolute form of Mother Nature, is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. She is also referred to as Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva and mother of Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya. The image of Maa Shailputri is a divine lady, holding a trishul in her right hand and lotus flower in her left hand. She rides on Nandi, a bull.
Goddess Maa Shilaputri Devi (Navratri 1st Day)
The first day of Navratri is dedicated to worshipping Goddess Ma Shilaputri, who is described in the scriptures as the daughter of mountains. The Term ‘Shila’ means rock or mountain and the second half ‘Putri’ refers to ‘daughter’. Shilaputri is said to be highly effulgent like crores of suns and moons. She rides on a bull (Nandi) and carries a trident and lotus in her hands. She wears a moon on her forehead.
Story of Ma Shilaputri
Goddess Sati entered the sacrificial fire of Daksha and gave up her life. She then took birth as Mother Parvati or the daughter of Himavan or mountain king. She divinely realized her origin and started meditating deeply to reach Lord Shiva’s abode once again. Her severe penance shook the three worlds. Finally Lord Brahma appeared in front of her and assured that Lord Shiva would accept her in marriage. Due to a severe penance her body was reduced to a skeleton and Lord Shiva bathed her with the Ganges flowing from his hairs and she regained her splendor winning Lord Shiva back.
Ma Shilaputri Importance
It is said Goddess Shilaputri rules over the Moon and provides all fortunes to her devotees. This form of Adishakti can remove the bad effects of the moon in horoscope. The other names of Shilaputri are Hemavati and Parvati. This is the most important form of Ma Durga and therefore worshipped on the very first day of Navratri.
Ma Shilaputri puja on Navratri 1st Day
The favorite flower of Shilaputri is jasmine. Therefore worship the mother with jasmine flowers. Contemplate on the form of Shilaputri’s auspicious form and do Shodasopachar puja starting with Ganesh puja. Conclude the puja with arati.
Navratri First Day Shilaputri Mantras
Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah
Om Devi Shailputryai Swaha Vande Vanchhit Laabhaay, Chandrardhkritshekharaam
The powers and glories of Ma Shilaputri are unlimited. That is why she is adored and worshipped on the first day of Navratri puja.
The worship of Ma Shilaputri removes all afflictions and paves the road to success in Navratri puja as well as in life.
On the first day of Navratri, it is a common practice to do the Ghatasthapana. Seeds of nine, seven, five, three or one crop are sown on a soil bed created on this day and daily watered to see the seeds sprout and grow over the nine days.