MAA SHELPUTRI – MOTHER OF MULADARACHAKRA
Navratri the festival of ” Maa Durga”. In these nine days nine different forms of mother are worshiped.Navratri is also the detoxification of body, mind and soul. Body detoxification involves Navratri diet eating less devoid of cereals. In Navratri diet flour is replaced with Kuttu or Singhara flour; pulses with amaranth or Rajgiri and Rice with Samak rice. Mental and soul detoxification involves practicing Yoga Sadhna as described in nine forms of Durga.Navratri also helps in cleansing and activating the chakras of our body.
The fisrt form of Maa Durga is known as “Shailputri”. Goddess Durga was born in the house of King of Mountains “Parvat Raj Himalaya”, so she is called “Shailputri” means the daughter of mountain.
she is also called as “Maa Parvati” the wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. Maa Shailputri is the absolute from of Mother Nature.
In some Hindu scriptures like Shivapurana & Devi Bhagvatam the story of Maa Durga is that Maa Bhagwati in her earlier birth was born as a daughter of Daksh Prajapati. Then her name was ‘Sati’ and she was married to Lord Shiva. But in a sacrificial ceremony organized by her father Prajapati Daksh, she burnt herself in the yogic fire, because she could not bear the insult of her husband Lord Shiva by her father Prajapati Daksha in the sacrificial ceremony organised by him.
In her next birth she incarnated her as Goddess Parvati, the daughter of Parvatraj Himalaya and among Nava Durgas she has been referred to as Sailaputri who was again known as Himavati. In her Haimavati aspect she defeated all prominent gods. Like her previous birth in this life also Maa Shailaputri (Parvati) got married with Lord Shiva. The first and the most prominent among Nava Durgas, Shailaputri is of immense importance and her glories are endless. On the first day of Navratra Maa Durga is worshiped in this form.
Maa shailaputri has a half moon in her forehead and she holds a trident in her right hand ,a lotus flower in her left hand. she rides on mount Nandi a bull.
She is the Devi of Muladarachakra ( Root Chakra) who, upon awakening, begins Her journey upwards. Sitting on Nandi the bull she makes her first journey from the Muladarachakra. As from her father to her husband – the awakening Shakti, beginning Her search for Lord Shiva.
In navrati pooja the first day is to keep the mind concentrated on Muladhara. This is the starting point of spiritual discipline. Shaila Putri is the Mooladhara Shakti to be realized within Self and sought for higher depths, in the yogic meditation.
Bull represents ‘desires’. On the first day we must let go our desires.Trishul represents balancing Tamas, Rajas and Satwa .Lotus indicates practicing detached and attachment..Moon represents thinking with a cool mind.
Mantra to chant :
Om aim hring kleem chamundayi vichche. For the significance of ‘kleem’– Navratri commences with the first night devoted to the puja of Shailputri devi. ‘Shail’ means mountain and refers to Parvati,
Today is the day when major healing of past karma and removing blocks, bestowing lilac light healing trauma emotions and thoughts. We see white seven-pointed stars of light in the sky falling on the shoulders reducing burdens, activating also the navel chakra to create new activities of business, work, healing, our purpose of life and also paying attention to our interaction with others. The stars also accumulate mostly in water and liquids.
Bhog ( offerings )
Take pure water, coconut water, juices, and also serve this to others to, receive added benefit. Distribution of green things will also empower you further. Offering: one pomegranate in the morning and accept as prasadam (blessings) in evening, share with others-offer candles morning and evening (after sunset). Mentally offer all fragrant flowers, fruits, gems, clothing.You can also offer paan leaf (betel leaf) with cloves.Bhog offered to Maa Shailputri
Pure Ghee is offered on the foot of Mother.This blesses the devotee with a disease free life.
Jai Maa Shailputri
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