Happy Navratri to All : Worship Goddess Brahmcharini on Navaratri Tithi : Dwitya, Day – 2 . Made Phalahari Plantain Okra Curry

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 worshipped 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 second form of Goddess Durga is Goddess Brahmcharini.

The second Durga Shakti roop is of Goddess Brahamcharini. Brahmacharini originated from the word “Brahma” that is who observes penance (tapa) and good conduct. Thus she is the one who practices penance. It is said - Veda, Tattva and Tapa are synonyms for Brahma. The idol of this Goddess is very gorgeous. One hand holds a "Kamandal" or water pot, and the other holds a rosary. She personifies love and loyalty. Bhramcharini is the store house of knowledge and wisdom. Rudraksha beads are her most adored ornaments!

The form of Brahmacharini is tremendously effulgent and extremely majestic. In her previous birth when she incarnated as the daughter of Himalaya, then influenced by the instructions of Narada, she practiced terrible penances in order to obtain Lord Shiva as her divine consort. Due to her unearthly penances she was termed as Brahmacharini. After the rigorous penance for several thousand years her body became extremely lean and thin. She was reduced to skeleton. Watching her pitiable condition, mother Mena was very much pained. In order to divert her attention from the rigorous penance she exclaimed - 'U' 'Ma' meaning 'O! No, no, not'. Since then Goddess Brahmacharini was named Uma. This happened in her previous incarnation itself.

Brahmachaini Durga is capable of providing unending benefits. By worshipping her one gets success and victory. On the second day, the mind of the striver moving upward is established in Swadhisthana Chakra. The worshiper, who makes his mind stay in this Chakra, gets the devotion and blessings of the Goddess.

Mantra to be chanted on this day: Om Brahmachaarinnya Namah 

Offering made to goddess on this day includes traditional unsalted Butter and Sugar. 

“Sree Durga Saptashati” Patha is recited: Adhyay – 2 and 3

Plantain Okra Curry/ Kadali Bhendi Tarkari

Color for the day is Green. 

And the Phalahari recipe of the day : Okra Plantain gravy

In Oriya its called : Bhendi Kadali Tarkari

Learnt this super healthy yet yummy recipe from my sister in law who is an excellent cook. I could not believe that this combination can taste good also.

What You Need:

500 grams bhindi washed, cut into 1 inch long piece.
3 raw plaintain cut into two and pressure cooked for 2-3 minutes
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste
Grind to paste : 3 small tomatoes, 2 green chilies, ½ inch ginger,
1 tsp panchphutana (mustard seeds, cumin seeds, onion seeds, fennel seeds, methi seeds)
2 tbp oil

Steps To Make :

Heat ½ tbsp oil in a non flat pan and cook okra/bhindi for 4-5 minutes till the sliminess is gone. Cook without adding anything to it.
Remove the skin from boiled plantain and cut into small pieces.
Heat remaining oil in a pan. Allow it to be hot. Add panch phutana. Once it starts crackling, add the ground paste.
Cook for 5-6 minutes. Add turmeric powder and garam masala powder and cook for 2 minutes more. Add 1 full glass of water and bring it to boil.
Add plantain and okra pieces. Add salt to taste and boil for another 4-5 minutes.
Serve hot roti/rice

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