Navrathri – Day 2

 

The second day of Navratri, Dwiteeya, which is dedicated to Maa Brahmacharini is about harmony and peace. Hence green is the go-to colour.
The goddess is worshipped as Brahmacharini who is the unmarried form of the Goddess Parvati. She is called “Brahmacharini” as she performed hard austerity. It is said that she was on a diet of flowers and fruits for about 1000 years and on leafy vegetables for about a 100 years while sleeping on the floor during her penance to marry Lord Shiva. She also stayed in open places under scorching sun, chilly winters and stormy rains following a strict fast regimen. According to the Hindu Mythology, she only ate “Bilva” leaves for about 3,000 years while praying to Lord Shiva, later quitting food and water for her penance.
Eventually, the Goddess immolated herself and wished for a father who could respect her husband Lord Shiva in the next birth.. She enlightens us in the magnificent embodiment of Durga with great powers and divine grace.

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