Day 2: Brahmacharini Devi:
Color of the Navaratri- Day 2(14.10.2015):
Color for this Day Two to celebrate Maa Brahmacharini on Oct 14 2015 is calculated as Royal Blue. Devotees wear Royal Blue color dress and pray to Maa Brahmacharini to get prosper.
On the second day of Navaratri devotees prepare Ravva Kesari and Pulihora as naivedyam to God and offer it as prasadam.
Mantra to chant:
Om Devi Brahmcharinyai Namah (108 recitation of this mantra)
OM HREEM SHRI BRAHAMACHARINI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Dadhaanaa Kar Padaabhyaamakshmala Kamandalu
Devi Prasidati Mayi Brahmcharinyanuttamaa.
O Goddess Brahmcharini, who holds rosary and Kamandalu in her hands, please on me.
When Devi Parvati (Shailaputri) grown up into a beautiful maiden, the Celestial sage Narada happened to reach the court of King Himalaya. Sage Narada was warmly welcomed by the King of Himalaya. Thereafter they pleaded Sage to predict the future of his daughter Parvathi.
Sage on reading the palm of Parvathi, he stood up and bowed to her with great veneration. King of Himalaya and the Queen Maina enquired to Sage about the strange behavior.
Then Narada explained that Parvathi in her previous birth she was Sati who is a Daughter of Daksha and the consort of Lord Shiva. Because she sacrificied her life in the yanja fire for the disgrace in her husband Lord Shiva by her father. Now she took another birth as Parvathi, and again she will beget lord Shiva as her husband.
Having listened to the
predictions, Parvathi enquired to him to how to beget Lord Shiva as her
husband. Sage Narada advised her to perform an austere Penance. So Parvathi
left all her wealth and pleasures she started Penance to beget Lord Shiva.
spent first thousand years of the penance by living on fruits. Thereafter she
lived on leaves for another three thousand years of her penance. Then she lived
on water and then air alone. She came across several sufferings like severe
heat, cold etc. This difficult penance made to turn her into a mere skeleton.
All Gods and saints including Indra were astonished about her penance. They all
approached Brahma and prayed to bestow boon to Parvati. Brahma appeared before
Parvati and blessed her with a boon as she can beget Lord Shiva because of her
austere penance. As well as Brahma restored her physical charm and grace.
Maa Bramachairini temple is located at K-22/72, Durga ghat, Varanasi. People can travel till Durga ghat by boat and climb steps to get the darshan of Maa Brahmachirini.