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2nd day of Navratri!

Oct. 18, 2020, 11:59 a.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 332 views)

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The Omnipresent,Omniscent, Omnipotent Jagat Janani!

Divine Shakti manifests as the power to be conscious, to feel ecstasy, the power of desire, to know, and the power to act.

Whatever is offered in devotion with a pure heart -- a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water -- Maa accepts with joy!

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The nine forms of Goddess are: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri.


Goddess Brahmacharini

The second form of Nav Durga is the Goddess Brahmacharini, epitomising the woman who practiced the toughest penance and terrible austerity. She represents love, loyalty, wisdom, and knowledge. The word “Brahm" is connected to “Tapa” and Her name means -the one who performs penance. The influence of Devrishi Narada on Her also was instrumental for her single minded devotion, hard penance to obtain Lord Shiva.



The Mother Goddess, destined to marry Lord Shiva, was born in the home of Daksha Prajapati, as his daughter, Sati.Thus, this unmarried form of Goddess is worshiped as Brahmacharini.

Etymological Meaning:The word “Brahm” refers to ‘Tapa’ and her name means – The one who performs rigorous penance.

Worship Day:2nd day of Navratri

Planet: Mars

Flower To Be Offered: Chrysanthemum

Color Associated: White

Hymn/ Mantra: Om Devi Brahmacharinyai Namah ॐ देवी ब्रह्मचारिण्यै नम

Also KNown As:Tapascharini, Aparna and Uma

Form/Appearance: The Goddess is barefeet ,carrying a Japa mala ( rosary) in Her right hand and a kamandalu in Her left hand,symbolizing her ascetic nature and simplicity.

In Her honour, we bring to you a beautiful hymn/stuti in the mellifluous voice of noted playback singer Anuradha Paudwal. Along with a plethora of music/film related awards, she was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2017 by the Government of India. Few can forget the purity and sweetness of the Shiv-Vandana by Uma ( Jaya Bhaduri) in the cult classic movie ‘Abhiman’ ( 1973) that tied Subir ( Amitabh Bachchan) to her irrevocably! The voice was none other than Anuradha Paudwal’s debut!

Life seems to have made a full circle as the singer returned to devotional music after a hugely successful career in playback singing.

Yes, her voice is redolent of incense and temple bells ... we sit enthralled in the sacred space.

Listen to it here :https://youtu.be/d6Gai3HUkbc

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