Second Day of Navratri : Mata Brahmacharini
Mata Brahmacharini – the second avatar of Goddess Durga is worshipped on the second day of navratri.
As the meaning of the name says it all – Brahma means Tapa – Penance and Charini means Performer. The Goddess Brahmacharini is the one who preforms penance. The goddess performed severe penance to marry Lord Shiva.
The goddess personifies loyalty, love and care. The Goddess is also known as “Uma” and “Tapacharini” who provides knowledge and wisdom to her devotees. The Goddess Hold Kamandal in her right hand and Japa Mala in her left hand.
Mata Bhrhmacharini Pujan Vidhi
First of all, the Kalash Pujan is done usinf flowers, chandan, roli, rice and panchamrit (curd, milk, sugar, ghee & honey).
And the Panchamrit is also offered to the Goddess. After Kalash Pujan, prayers are offered to nine grahas, Dashdiggpal, Nagar devta and Gram Devata. After these, prayers are offered to Mata Brahmacharini.
While offering prayer to the goddess, hold one fruit in right hand and say,
” Dadhana Karpadmabhyam Kshamalak Mandalu,
Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmachariniyanutam.”
After these make the goddess bathe with the Pnachamrit followed by the water. Then offer different different flowers, rice,
kumkum and sindur to the Goddess. The Goddess is very fond of red colour flower and lotus; so offer these to goddess as well. Ofer pan-supari, perform aarti with ghee and camphor (kapur). At hte end of the aarti offer this prayer,
” Aavahanam Na Janami Na Janami Vasarjanam,
Puja Chaiva Na Janami Kshamshva Parmeshwari”.
Mata Brahmacharini Mantra:
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Brahmacharini Rupen Shanshitha,
Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namo Namah.
Dadhana Karpadmabhyam Kshamalak Mandalu,
Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmachariniyanutam.
Mata Bharhmacharini Dhayan:
Vande Vanchit Labhaya Chandradhrakrit Shekharam,
Jaapmalakamdalu Dharabhrahmacharini Shubham.
Gauravarna Swadhishthan Shitha Davatiya Durga Trinetram,
Dhaval Paridhana Brahmarupam Pushpalankar Bhushitam.
Param Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapola Peena,
Payodharam kamaniya Lavanya Smermukhi Nimmananabhi Nittambinam.
Mata Brahmacharini Shotra Path:
Tapascharini Twamhi Tapatray Nivarnim,
Brahmarupdhara Brahmcharini Pranamamyaham.
Shankarpriya Twamhi Bhukti-Mukti Dayini,
Shantida Gyanda Brahmacharini Pranamamyaham.
Mata Brahmacharini Kawach:
Tripura Mein Hridayam Patu Lalate Patu Shankarbhamini,
Arpan Sadapatu Netri, Aardhari cha Kapole.
Panchdashi Kanthe Patumadhyadeshe Patumaheshwari,
Shodashi Sadapatu Nabho Gruho Cha Padayo.
Aang Pratyang Satat Patu Brahmacharini.