The second day of Navarathri is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini. ‘Brahma’ means the one who meditates constantly. It also means the unmarried one. The Goddess is pictured in the form of a peaceful maiden girl filled with intelligence. The mild form of the Goddess brings calmness and peacefulness into the mind of the devotees. Here is a look at the Top 10 significance of day 2 of Navarathri.
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Significance of Day 2 of Navarathri
Maa Durga’s second incarnation is worshipped with elaborate and colourful rituals. The festival is in memory of the Goddess’ severe penance to attain Lord Shiva as her husband and get a good father who would respect her husband. She would walk barefoot and live off fruits and leaves as part of her penance journey. After a while, she stopped having any form of food and merely lived with breathing. She is said to have become so thin that it worried the Gods.
Name of Goddess Worshipped on Day 2 of Navarathri
Navratri Day 2 Devi’s name is Brahmacharini. She is also called by the names Raja Rajeshwari and Kowmaari. Brahmacharini simply means a devoted female student who spends her life in an Ashram with her Guru and other students. Since she was fasting, she is also called ‘Aparna,’ which means living without even eating leaves.
Speciality of the Goddess Worshipped on Day 2 of Navarathri
Day 2 Navratri Goddess Brahmacharini appears as an insightful maiden dressed in white clothes carrying a Kamandalu in her left and a rosary in her right hand. The Goddess was born at the house of Daksha Prajapati and is extremely majestic and radiant. She is known to bless her devotees with success and wisdom. She helps remove negativity and bring peace and prosperity into one’s life.
Colour on Day 2 of Navarathri
Day 2 Navarathri is associated with the colour yellow. This is why people dress up the Goddess in yellow colour and prefer to wear clothes in the same colour. Yellow is a colour that refers to happiness and brightness.
Sweets to be offered on Day 2 of Navarathri
On day 2 of Navarathri, ‘Puttu’ is prepared from rice flour and jaggery as prasad. It is a steamed rice-based cake that has a mix of jaggery and coconut shavings. As simple as it sounds, the labour required in preparing the sweet is intensive. Yet devotees prepare it happily and offer it to their Goddess.
Snacks to be Offered on Day 2 of Navarathri
Along with the Navratri day 2 offering, Puliyodarai or tamarind rice is prepared to appease the Goddess. After prayer rituals, the Prasad is first given to unmarried women and young girls who are viewed as the symbol of Goddess Durga.
Other Food Items to be Offered on Day 2 of Navarathri
On Navratri day 2, naivedyam (offering) to the Devi are sugar and unsalted butter. It is believed that Goddess Brahmacharini is a lover of simple foods and offerings. Some people also offer fruits and milk to the Goddess.
Flowers to be offered on Day 2 of Navarathri
Another day 2 Navarathri aarti offering is the flower jasmine as it is the Goddess’ favourite flower. Tulsi leaves are offered for the prayer. Lotus and hibiscus are also offered to the Goddess.
Rangoli on Day 2 of Navarathri
One of the Navratri day 2 significance is making Katta kolam where geometrical shapes are drawn without grids or dots. They are a speciality on this day.
Raaga on on Day 2 of Navarathri
Navratri day 2 songs are sung in Kalyani raagam. It is said to be a powerful raga for meditation and removes sadness.
The Belief on Day 2 of Navarathri
Day 2 of Navarathri symbolizes the humble aura of the Goddess and her struggles to attain her goal with patience. She bore hunger, climatic conditions, etc., for over a thousand years during her penance. Her abode is Swadisthan Chakra. Some of the most important fasting (vratas) followed by women in Hindu practice is based on the strict austerities followed by Goddess Brahmacharini. This Goddess is a symbol of spinsterhood and signifies purity.
On day 2, Navarathri avatar Brahmacharini is believed to descend to earth to be with her devotees. Worshipping her with reverence is believed to bring success, prosperity, and happiness. Her struggles during penance are remembered with great respect. Worship of Goddess Brahmacharini is equal to severe penance. It is believed that all the values one may get by performing long penance, nobility, virtues and renunciation, are achieved through sincere and devoted prayer to her. Thus, any hurdles you may face for success or even progress is removed and only satisfaction and peace remain with the family.
Rituals may differ from place to place. What are the rituals performed at yours? Let us know in the comments.
You can also read our write-up about the significance of day 3 of Navarathri.