Navratri a famous festival of the Indians is all about the nine types of incarnation Goddess Durga had acquired. Shailputri is the first form of those nine Goddesses and is also known as Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati. She is known to be the earthly essense.
She is the major and the absolute form of the Goddess since she was the wife to Lord Shiva and is known as Parvati. She took birth as the daughter of Lord Himalaya due to which she is named as Shailputri – the daughter of mountains. Her deity has a half moon in her forehead and holds a trident in her right hand &lotus flower in her left hand. The Goddess can be seen seated on mount Nandi (bull).
It is believed that the Moon, the provider of all fortunes, is governed by Goddess Shailputri and any bad effect of the Moon can be overcome by worshipping her.
This puja is conducted in the PratipadaTithi just after the Ghatasthapana.Know More about Navratri Puja : Navratri Rituals
Puja done for self-purification
Tilak and aachman
Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.
Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.
Aavahana and Aasan
Offer water to the Devi’s charan.
Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.
Offer cow milk for bathing
Ghrita and Madhusnan
Offer ghee and honey for bathing
Sharkara and Panchamritsnan
Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.
Offer sari or cloth to wear.
Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.
Kumkum, Kajal, Druvapatra and Bilwapatra
Dhoopa and Deepam
Aarti & MantraMaa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri
Om Devi ShailputryaiSwaha (108 recitation)
Omkarah Mein ShirahPatuMuladharaNivasini।
HumkaraPatuHridayamTarini Shakti Swaghrita।
PhatkaraPatuSarvangeSarva Siddhi Phalaprada॥