The festive season is here and it starts with the auspicious occasion of Navratri, the nine days of festivities to welcome Goddess Durga, which begins from today (September 26).

It is said that on the first day of Navratri, Goddess Durga arrives from heaven to earth. These nine days have a lot of importance in the Hindu religion.

In Navratri, the nine forms of the Goddess are worshiped with pomp and each day is dedicated to one of her avatars.  Every day a devotee is blessed by worshiping different forms of Goddess.

As such, the first day of the festival begins with Shailputri puja. This year, the festivities begin on September 26 and end on October 4.

According to Hindu mythology, Goddes Shailputri was born after Goddess Sati self-immolated herself. Also known as Parvati — the daughter of Himalaya — Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of the Navratri across the country. 

Typically, she is depicted as riding a bull. While on one hand, she holds her trident, on the other she holds a lotus flower. Goddess Shailputri is also referred to as ‘Hemavati’. She is the most important of all the nine forms of Durga, which is why she is worshipped on the very first day. Just like Goddess Sati, Shailputri, too, is married to Lord Shiva.

According to Drik Panchang, it is believed that Goddess Shailputri governs the moon — the provider of all fortunes.

Puja and mantra

In order to worship the goddess, decorate her idol with jasmine flowers, and chant the following mantra:

Shailputri Mantras

 देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥

Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah

वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।

वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्॥

Vande Vanchhitalabhaya Chandrardhakritashekharam

Vrisharudham Shuladharam Shailaputrim Yashasvinim

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ शैलपुत्री रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Shailaputri Rupena Samsthita

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

Navratri 2022 Day 1 Puja Vidhi, Samagri and Timing:

On the first day of the nine-day festival of Navratri, devotees of Goddess Durga worship Maa Shailputri and seek blessings for the well-being of their families. They begin the auspicious occasion with Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana. During the Ghatasthapana puja, a pot is installed at a sanctified place at home, and a lamp is kept lit inside for nine days. It is one of the significant rituals during Navratri.

Additionally, mud and navadhanya seeds are placed in a pan to which water is added. A kalasha filled with Ganga Jal and some coins, supari, and akshat (raw rice and turmeric powder) is put in the water. Five mango leaves are placed around the Kalash and covered with coconut. Then, devotees place an oil lamp, incense sticks, flowers, fruits, and sweets near Maa Shailputri. A special bhog of Desi Ghee is also offered to the Goddess.

According to Drik Panchang, the Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi. The Ghatasthapana Muhurat will begin at 06:11 am and end at 07:51 am, and the Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat is at 11:48 am and will end at 12:36 pm. Additionally, the Pratipada Tithi begins at 03:23 am on September 26 and ends at 03:08 am on September 27.