Shardiya Navratri 2021 begins on October 7 and the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri. Nine different avatars of goddess Durga are worshipped on each day of Navratri. Known to be a form of Parvati and a reincarnation of Sati, Maa Shailputri rides a bull and is represented with a lotus in one hand and a trident in another. The meaning of her name is Shail (mountain) + Putri (daughter) means daughter of the mountains.
Goddess Shailputri is considered to be a devi of root chakra or Muladhara Chakra. It is said that moon, the provider of all fortunes is governed by Maa Shailputri and by worshipping her any ill effects of moon can be overcome by her devotees.
The story of Shailputri
Known as Sati Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati, the daughter of Himavat – the king of the Himalayas, she was Sati in her previous birth. Being an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, she was granted the wish of being his consort. Her father Daksha Prajapati however didn’t approve of her marriage with Lord Shiva. Once her father organized a Yajna but didn’t invite Sati and Shiva. She went to the ceremony alone and angered by her father’s criticism of her husband Lord Shiva, she immolated herself in the sacrificial yajna fire.