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Chaitra Navratri 2022 Shailputri is worshipped for spiritual awakening

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 02, Apr 2022, 9:15 am IST | UPDATED: 02, Apr 2022, 9:15 am IST

Chaitra Navratri 2022  Shailputri is worshipped for spiritual awakening

New Delhi: The auspicious 9-day festival of Chaitra Navratri begins today. This year, it starts on April 2 and will culminate with Ram Navami on the 10th of the same month. The nine-day long festival calls for celebrations and worshipping of goddess Durga in her different forms. 

There are four types of Navratris in the year, out of which only 2 are widely celebrated - the Chaitra (spring) Navratri and Shardiya Navratri (autumn). The other two are Ashada and Magha Gupt Navratri. 

According to the Gregorian calendar, the Chaitra Navratri festival takes place in the months of March-April each year. 

haitra Ghatasthapana on Saturday, April 2, 2022
Ghatasthapana Muhurat - 06:10 AM to 08:31 AM

Duration - 02 Hours 21 Mins

Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat - 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM
Duration - 00 Hours 50 M

Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi

Pratipada Tithi Begins - 11:53 AM on Apr 01, 2022
Pratipada Tithi Ends - 11:58 AM on Apr 02, 2022

Maa Shailputri is one of the Navadurgas and is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. Also known by the name of Sati, Parvati, Bhawani or Hemavati (daughter of Himavat - the king of Himalayas), Maa Shailputri is hailed as mother nature and prayed to for attaining spiritual awakening. 

There are various legends associated with her incarnation as the daughter of King Daksha Prajapati - Sati, and then later as Parvati - the daughter of king Himavat, who is the consort of Lord Shiva.

She is the daughter of the mountains and is depicted with two hands, a crescent on her forehead, a trident in her right hand and a lotus flower in her right hand respectively. She is mounted on Nandi - the bull. 

The day begins with her worship and because it is the Day 1 of Navratri, Ghatashthapana is first performed which includes Kalash Sthapana. 

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Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah?

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Vande Vanchhitalabhaya Chandrardhakritashekharam?
Vrisharudham Shuladharam Shailaputrim Yashasvinim?

I pay my obeisance to the divine mother Shailputri, who bestows upon the choicest boons to the devotees. The moon in the crescent form is adorned as the crown on her forehead. She is mounted on the bullock. She holds a lance in her hand. She is Yashasvini - the celebrated mother, Durga.

Maa Shailputri is also considered to be the goddess of root chakra -- which is evoked for spiritual awakening through meditation. It is believed that the Devi gives Shakti to attain higher spiritual growth. She is worshipped as Purna Prakriti Durga. Her abode is Muladhara Chakra and she covers the entire atmosphere.