Navratri 2nd Day
Navratri 2nd day honours Brahmacharini who is the unmarried Parvati. She is the second Goddess worshipped during Navratri. Her name is derived from the word ‘Brahma’, which means ‘Tapas, deep meditation to realise the Self’ , which is devotion. According to the legend, she was born as Parvati Hemavati, the daughter of Himvan of the mountains. One day, when Parvati was playing with her friends, sage Narada approached her and said she would marry her husband from her previous birth on a condition that she would have to observe devoted practice. After hearing this, she decided that she would tie the wedding knot with Lord Shiva, her husband in the previous birth and she went on to observe devoted yogini practices that are kindled wit h commitment – what any Yogini truly requires to receive that which she desires. She knew to win Shiva heart she needed to practice, so she retreats inwards with extreme devotion and meditative focus. In finding her centre, she finds her true beauty and strength, which Shiva can’t help but notice.
Ya Devi aarva bhuteshu shakti roopaena samsthitha
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah
(I bow to the Great Mother who manifests in all beings in the form of power.)