On the second day of Navratri, Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped with elaborate puja rituals. Brahmacharini appears in the form of a maiden girl filled with wisdom. She has two hands carrying a rosary and a kamandal. She blesses the devotees with eternal knowledge and bliss. The term Brahamacharini means the unmarried and youthful one. The benign and peaceful form of Brahmacharini brings serenity and calmness in the minds and instils a great degree of self-confidence in people.
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Maa Brahmacharini is depicted as walking bare feet, carrying a Japa Mala (rosary) in her right hand and a Kamandalu in her left hand respectively. Her governing planet is Mars (Mangal), the controller of fortunes, therefore her devotees pray to her on the second day of Navratri, seeking her blessings for peace and blessings for peace, virtue and prosperity.
Brahmacharini stands for a devoted female student who only desired to marry Lord Shiva. Maa Brahmacharini is symbolic of love and immense strength. One can please the Goddess with mantra, 'Om Devi Brahmacharinyai Namah॥'.
Maa Brahmacharini Significance
The second avatar of Maa Durga is Maa Brahmacharini who signifies love, loyalty, wisdom, and knowledge. According to the folklores, she was born in The Himalayas. Devrishi Narada influenced her thoughts and as a result, she practiced tapa or penances with determination to marry Lord Shiva. The goddess spent hundreds of years doing tapa. The work 'Brahm' in the name Brahmacharini means Tapa. According to Hindu mythologies, she was on a diet of Bilva leaves for 3000 years while she prayed to Lord Shankar.
Before commencing the puja, devotees should take a bath then make an arrangement for her bath. The idol of Maa Brahacharini is first washed with Panchamrit - a mixture of five items used in Hindu puja which usually comprises honey, sugar, milk, curd, and ghee. Then offer paan and supari to the Goddess. For performing the puja of Goddess Brahmacharini, you need flowers, roli, akshat and sandalwood. Then, pray to the Navagrahas and your Ishta Devta while keeping a flower in your hand, and chant a mantra dedicated to the Goddess.
The Goddess is believed to be fond of hibiscus and lotus flowers, so offer a garland made out of these flowers to her and then perform aarti.
Maa Brahmacharini Mantra
Chant the following mantra to seek blessings of the goddess.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ ब्रह्मचारिणी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
दधाना कर पद्माभ्याम अक्षमाला कमण्डलू।
देवी प्रसीदतु मई ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा।।
Yā dēvī sarvabhūtēṣu mām̐ brahmacāriṇī rūpēṇa sansthitā |
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namō nama: ||
Dadhānā kara padmābhyāma akṣamālā kamaṇḍalū |
Dēvī prasīdatu ma'ī brahmacāriṇyanuttamā ||
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