Navratri Second Day- October 3, 2016 (Monday)

On the second day of Navratri festival, the devotees worship goddess Brahmacharni, who is one of the nine forms of goddess Durga. This day is meant to signify the pinnacle of piousness. The goddess Brahmacharni wears white saree with light orange shaded border, holding Kamandal or water pot in one hand and Rosary in the other. The persons who worship Maa Brahmacharni with full devotion, do fast and chant mantras during second day, blessed with success, wisdom and knowledge.


Story Behind Maa Brahmacharini Worship:
When in childhood, Devrishi Narad came to her and predicted that she will get married to Lord Shiva because of her connection with him from the previous birth as Sati. From there on, she went to seek penance and did Tapasya for hundreds of years without eating much. Ultimately, her wish was granted and Lord Shiva accepted her as his Consort. This is the reason that Goddess Durga became famous as Brahmacharni, which means the lady undergoing hard penance to seek her wish come true.
2nd day of navratri is an important day of Navratri festival, which should be started with Puja and reading second chapter of Durga Shaptashathi. This year in 2016, second day is lying on October 3 (Monday).
Goddess Brahmacharini blesses all the devotees who perform the second day of worship with pure heart and devotion.
Second Day of Navratri Rituals:
On the second day of Navratri, the devotees are said to wear green colour for displaying their affection to the Goddess. It is believed that the Goddess Brahmacharni happens to enlighten the decent forms of tremendous power, divine nature and spiritualism. The excellent aspect of this day is that Goddess Brahmacharni invokes the feeling of undergoing hardship to achieve goodness in life. In fact, the lesson is that the path of truth is attained on following the act of penance. Certainly, it is an important day of Navratri festival, which should be started with Puja and reading second chapter of Durga Shaptashathi.
On the second day, devotees should bathe  goddess with milk, curd and after that offer flowers, rice and Kumkum to her. After bathing goddess, devotees put lotus garland and rose flowers over the photo or idol of the goddess and perform the aarti with Diya filled with ghee and chanting mantras. Then the persons offered Prasada like Elaichi or Mishri or Nuts. This is considered to be the main prasada on Dwitiya day of Navratri and is further distributed to the people in family. Well, it is also essential for the devotees to keep fast on these 9 days to get the blessing of Goddess.