Day 1 Of Navratri ~ “Shailaputri”
The most glamourous 9 days of the Indian festival is back, in all its spirit and excitement.
The advent of the Autumnal or the “Sharad Navratri” has begun. Though “Navratri”, the worship of the Lady Goddess of Power, “Durga” is religiously celebrated 5 times around the year at different settings, the “Sharad Navratri” that makes the whole of India and Hindus all over the world, set in this crazy festive spirit, is being observed now.
“Navratri”, signifies the devoted worship and celebration of good over evil over these nine (nav) nights(ratri) and 10 days. Each day carries its own engrossing story and I am sure there must be so many versions of it too. Well, this is what I love most about Indian festivals – there are so many untold, unheard and engaging versions and twists to mythological chapters with a deep meaning to each one of them, that one can sit for multiple sessions by narrative grand-moms and yet never be bored.
What inspires me to love the extravagance of this “Navratri” is not the childhood memories, new clothes, cultural dance recitals or splendid food festival alone but the feeling of women power being at its peak. For a universal society where women are considered a weaker sex, Goddess Durga exhibits power and love through all her forms during these 9 significantly glorious days.
Day 1 of Navratri is dedicated to Her first form as “Shailaputri”. In Sanskrit, “Shailaputri” means the daughter of the mountains- Shail (mountain) & Putri (daughter). This depiction of the Goddess is the absolute form of representing Mother Nature. Being the first form of power, “Durga” as created by the Brahma (Creator), the Vishnu( Preserver) & the Shiva ( Destroyer), She rides a bull with a lotus in one hand and a trident in another, adorned with a delicate crescent moon on her forehead.
Spiritually and in the Yogic world, Her form of “Shailaputri”, being the Goddess of the root chakra, typically emphasizes on the connection to the self and on the upward journey of the soul from the core or root, to be focused to rise above one’s own self. It is believed, for those who meditate, these 9 days are an absolute tool for self-purification and discovery to one’s own true self, hence making so much more sense to the clean eating and devoting to a disciplined life course of routine.
“Durga” in Her first form as “Shailaputri” is a beautiful manifestation of mother nature encompassing the whole creation of nature, including the hills, valleys, rivers, oceans, forests, and resources and through her significance with the root or the Muladhara chakra, makes one remember that a part of the Universe always exists in each one of us. Isn’t that thought so wonderful! ♥
On this note, I wish we all be gifted with more endurance, courage, and faith within ourselves.
“Happy Navratri” everyone!
P.S: I would love to send out some appreciation to my friend for making such a lively expression of Goddess “Shailaputri” through her artwork, that I made me so inspired to feature in this blog. To me, this is a wonderful expression to see our Godly Mother, through the eyes of a child that stays with us forever. I am sure you would love to see more work of my artistic friend- Suchita, here.