Happy Navratri to All : Worship Goddess Shailaputree on Navaratri Tithi: Pratipada, Day – 1 . Made Phalahari Parwal Sabji

Mother Goddess is also called Shakti. It represents protection, love, prosperity and knowledge. Unlimited and vibrant love, compassion and mercy are regarded as the divine attributes of Mother Goddess. She is known as Durga and worshiped in different forms.

During Navratri the mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshipped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences. The first among these nine forms is Goddess Shailputri…  

She is the first one among the nine roopa’s of Goddess Durga. "Shail" in Sanskrit means Mountain and "Putri" means daughter. Thus Shailputri means daughter of Mountain because she has incarnated from Himalaya the Emperor of mountains. Mounting a bullock, the mother has a lance in her right hand and the lotus flower in the left. 

Goddess Parvati, the daughter of the King of the Mountains Himalava, is called as 'Shailputri". In her previous birth she took birth in the house of Dakhsa, the Prajapati, as his daughter. She was also known as Sati. Once Prajapati Daksa organized a very big sacrificial ceremony in which he invited all gods to receive their sacrificial share. Lord Shiva was the only exception.

Married to lord Shiva, when Sati came to know about the festivity arranged by her father, she expressed her desire to attend the yagna performed by her father to Lord Shiva and solicited his permission. Lord Shiva replied that as Daksha has not invited us hence it shall not be proper for you to go there.' Sati was not convinced with the piece of advice given by the Lord. The Lord saw that Sati was very keen to go there, so he gave permission. 

On reaching her father’s place, Sati found no affection in any eyes except her mother. She was greatly pained with the insulting attitude of her own relatives. The entire atmosphere was surcharged with a sense of disrespect towards Lord Shiva. Daksha passed certain humiliating remarks intended for Lord Shiva. She could not bear the insult of her spouse. Instantly, she jumped into the Yagna fire and sacrificed herself. The news of her demise reached Lord Shiva and he decided to teach a good lesson to Daksha. The entire sacrificial canopy along with all paraphernalia was completely destroyed by his lieutenants.

In her next birth, Sati incarnated her as Parvati the daughter of Himalaya and among Nava Durgas she has been referred to as Sailaputri who was again known as Haimavati. The first and the most prominent among Nava Durgas, Sailaputri is of immense importance and her glories are endless. On the first day of Navratra, it is she who is worshipped. The seeker should keep his or her mind concentrated on Muladhara. This is the starting point of their spiritual discipline.
Mantra to be chanted on this day: Om Shailaputraye Namah.

Offerings made to the goddess on this day include Banana & Ghee made of cow milk. 

“Sree Durga Saptashati” Patha is recited on Adhyay - 1 

Color for the day is Yellow. 

And now the no onion no garlic recipe for the day

What you Need:

12 to 15  pointed gourd or parval
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
3 tbsp poppy seeds
3 tbsp grated coconut
1 tbsp cumin seeds
3 green chili chopped

Steps To Make:

Wash pointed gourd, scrap with knife and cut into medium size pieces
Grind everything except pointed gourd, salt and oil to a smooth paste by adding little water.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add ponited gours. cover and cook for 2 3 minutes.
Open lid, add the poppy seeds paste made above, salt to taste, 1/2 cup water and mix.
Cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
Your gravy is ready to be served.

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