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The New Hindu Year (चैत्र, कृष्ण पक्ष, विक्रम सम्वत २०७२) is starting tomorrow i.e. 8th April 2016. The auspicious days of Chaitra Navratri will also be starting from tomorrow. Each day of these nine days are dedicated to a cosmic energy which we refer to as Goddess or Mother. All the nine Goddesses are various aspects of the same primordial Shakti which is the origin for this cosmos.. sakal srishti. Seers and tantric adepts who can connect with these energies can tell you that there are reasons in worshiping them in a specific order over these 9 days the first Goddess being Ma Shakti Shailputri.
ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥Ma Shailputri
“Shailputri” means ” Daughter of Mountains.” She is known as Shailputri as she was born as daughter of Himalayas. The first day of Navratra is devoted to Ma Shailputri. On the first day of Navratri we should contemplate on the Shakti principle of Shailputri.
Ma Shailputri is depicted as divine goddess sitting on a Vrish (Bull). She has Shool (Trident) in right hand and Kamal (Lotus) in left hand. Worshiping Ma Shaiputri rids a Sadhak/Sadhika (practitioner) from any ill effects of Moon, further also this connection bestows good fortune as moon is the governing planet.
Ma Shakti Shailputri resides in Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra). The spiritual journey of a Sadhak starts by arousing the Kundalini which lies dormant in Muladhara Chakra, so on first day we should contemplate and worship Ma Shailputri with the intention of kundalini awakening. She is the Muladhara Shakti. Muladhara or Root Chakra is also the abode of Prithvi Tattva (Earth Element). So on first day Tattva Shakti Sadhak and Sadhika should do first make sankalpam and Guru Vandana then proceed to Prithvi Tattva Sadhana. Doing Prithvi Tattva Sadhana helps a Sadhak in becoming stable and grounded in the Sadhana. It helps in awakening this Shakti principle. This marks the start of the spiritual journey which takes a Sadhak towards his life purpose – Bhukti (Fulfillment of Material desires) and Mukti (getting rid of sufferings of Yama or Kaala). Contemplating on Ma Shailputri while doing Prithvi Tattva Sadhana blesses Sadhak with immense strength to walk on spiritual path.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ शैलपुत्री रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
I bow down at the lotus feet of my Guru and Goddess and pray. “May you receive all the divine grace from Goddess in this New Year.”
– Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath