Navratri in Sanskrit means ‘nine days’. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in India and is celebrated with much pomp and show. The second day of Navratri i.e October 18 marks the advent of Goddess Brahmacharini , who is the second avatar of Goddess Durga .
According to religious norms, Goddess Parvati was born in the form of the great Sati and her unmarried form is known as Goddess Brahmacharini. She is the symbol of toughness and hard austerity. She is seen holding a Mala in her right hand and a Kamandal in the other. Flowers like Shevanti, Hibiscus and lotus are woven beautifully to garland the Goddess’ neck.
It is said that Parvati was very insistent on marrying Lord Shiva but he never wanted to. After thousands of years of perseverance and patience, Lod Shiva finally agreed to marry the maiden. This very quality of Goddess Parvati is what led her second incarnation to be known as Goddess Brahmacharini.
Maa Brahmacharini signifies love, loyalty, wisdom, and knowledge. Her simplicity drew everyone towards her and her tough patience and Taap for 5000 years to get Lord Shiva, amazed other Gods and Goddesses. She is also mostly represented as someone who loved to walk barefoot.
Corresponding colour of this day
The second day honours Goddess Brahmacharini this colour symbolises peace, purity and meditation. Wear this beautiful colour on this day to light up the festive mood around you.