Navratri 2020 Day 1, March 25: Chaitra Navaratri 2020 commences on March 25, and the nine-day Hindu festival will end with Ram Navami on April 2. As today is the first day, goddess Shailputri – daughter of the mountains, is worshipped. Goddess Durga was born in the house of the king of mountains, so she is called Shailaputri (daughter of the mountains). She is always seen riding on Nandi bull. Goddess Shailaputri is the wife of Lord Shiva and has two kids, Ganesha and Kartikeya. Also Read - Navratri 2020 Day 2, March 26: Worship Goddess Brahmacharini; Know Puja Vidhi, Fast Time, Colour, Mantra

Devotees call Maa Shailaputri with names like Sati, Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati. According to Hindu mythology, in her previous birth, Sati’s father Daksha Prajapati was a proud king who never accepted her decision of marrying Lord Shiva. He organised a yagya and didn’t invite Lord Shankar and when Sati reached to question him, he insulted her husband. Sati couldn’t tolerate her husband’s insult and immolated herself. Also Read - Ram Navami 2018: Ashtami And Navami Falls On The Same Day, People Throng to Temples to Seek Blessings

The goddess has a crescent moon on her forehead, two hands, carrying a Trishul (trident) in right hand and a lotus flower in left hand. She is the goddess of the Muladhara Chakra or the Root Chakra, who upon awakening begins her journey upwards. Shailputri is associated with crimson red colour. Also Read - After meat ban Domino's, Pizza Hut & other local pizza chains asked to stop serving non-veg pizzas during Navratri 2017

Navratri 2020 Day 1 Puja Vidhi:

Pratipada Tithi begins on 2:57 PM on March 24 and ends at 5:26 PM on March 25. Begin the puja by invoking Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings for a hurdle-free Navratri fast. Then invoke Goddess Shailputri and request her to accept your humble prayers.

Navratri 2020 Day 1 Mantra: