Saila putri – Day 1 Representation of Graha by Chandra MOON
There are thousands of traditions in India and many have different description.
There is a saying in Baul called “Nana Muni Nana Word”, many different people, many different opinions.
Day One: Sailaputri or Shailaputri Among the nine Durgas, Maa Shailputri is considered the first manifestation of the goddess Durga. She carries the trishul and the lotus in her hands. Maa Shailputri Vahan/vehicle is the bull (Nandi).
The narration about her birth has been described in scriptures such as Shivapurana and Devi Bagvaatam Maa.
Shailputri in her previous birth was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati. She was named ‘Sati’. She was deeply devoted to Lord Shiva since childhood. When she became a girl, she encouraged Lord Siva for her penance and devotion and wanted to beget him as his wife. Lord Shiva granted her the desired blessing and accepted him as his wife.
Once Daksha Prajapati father of sati organized a great Yanja to which all gods were invited, including Brahma, Lord Maha Visnu, Indra, saints and sages, but Shiva was not invited. When goddess Sati got to know, she could not tolerate the misfortune of Lord Shiva. Then she decided to visit her father. In anger, Sati spoke to Lord Shiva: “O Lord, my father, Daksha Prajapati, makes a great fire sacrifice, all the gods, saints, seers, and sages were invited to participate in the Yagna, but he has openly dishonored me by not inviting you, I can never bear your insult, so you kindly let me go to my father’s house to tell him what I think.
Seeing Sati angrily, Lord Shiva told her, “Oh Goddess, it’s not good for you to lose your temper for something so insignificant. Daksha Prajapati is the interpreter of this great sacrifice, it is his sweet will to invite or ignore someone, You must not poke your nose into his affairs, such trivial measures can cause bitterness in your relationships. ”
Sati’s anger did not diminish even after a lecture given by Lord Shiva. Seeing her great stubbornness, Lord Shiva finally granted him permission to see his father.
When the goddess Sati arrived on the site of Yajna, she heard that everyone denounced Lord Shiva. Even Daksha, his father, surrounded by his servants was busy with the condemnation of Lord Shiva. All his sisters made fun of Sati. Such a hostile situation fueled the fire of her fury. She could not endure a horrible disgrace from her Lord and surrendered himself to the flames of sacrifice. When Lord Shiva heard of Sati’s self-immolation, he sent his assistants to destroy the sacrifice.
Sati in her next birth was born as the daughter of Himalayas, the Lord of the Mountains. She was named Parvati or Hemvati. Since she was born as the daughter of the Himalayan mountain king, she is also known as Shailputri. She encouraged Lord Siva with his severe penance and begotten him to have her husband. Among the Nine Durgas, the importance and powers of Mother Shailputri are unlimited. The first day of Navaraatri auspicious, only she is adored and worshiped.
Mantras for Shailputri Devi
Om Devi Shailputryai Namah
(recite this mantra for 108 times)
Vande Vanchhit Laabhaay, Chandrardhkritshekharaam | Vrisharudham Shooldharaam Shailputriim Yashaswinim ||
I adore the goddess Shailputri to fulfill my desires, which is adorned with a crescent moon on her head, mounted on a bull, carrying a trishul and being illustrious.