Goddess Shailputri - Representational Image

Goddess Shailputri – Representational Image

The festive season is underway and you can feel the zest in the air. Several places across India are gearing up for Navratri 2017. Also, with Durga Puja 2017 just round the corner, people in West Bengal are finishing up their pandal decorations and getting ready for vibrant festivities. A number of committees in Kolkata plan this event for months and come up with the most amazing pandals based on various themes. Embellished with eye-catching decorations, these pandals are the life of Durga Puja celebrations in the city. The festivals of Navratri and Durga Puja are dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga. Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura. There are a number of cities that put their best foot forward during Navratri and Durga Puja season. If not the pandals, it is the temples that attract devotees during this festive season. One such temple that is visited by several Hindu devotees during Navratri is the Shailputri temple in Varanasi. Varanasi is considered to be one of India’s most prominent religious spots. It is a fine place to witness Hindu culture and tradition in all its glory. As we get closer to Navratri 2017, we give you some interesting facts about the Shaiputri temple in Varanasi. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: Two Migrants Found Dead on Mumbai-Varanasi Shramik Train



Goddess Durga is believed to have nine forms called Navadurgas and Shailputri is the first one amongst them. The Shailputri temple in Varanasi is dedicated to this form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga in the Shailputri form is also known as Sati, Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati. Maa Shailaputri is considered to be the absolute form of Mother Nature. The word Shailputri means ‘Daughter of the mountain’ Also Read - Varanasi Student Develops 'Anti-Covid-19 Robot' To Crackdown on Lockdown Violators & Maintain Social Distancing

The Shailputri form of Durga is worshiped on the first day of Navratri. This year Navratri is from September 21 to September 29. So, September 21 is when you can expect huge festivities at the Shailputri temple in Varanasi. Also Read - Don’t Treat Coronavirus on Your Own, Cooperate With Health Professionals: Top 10 Quotes of PM Modi



Shailputri Temple is believed to be a place of worship where all your wishes are granted. This is why several Hindu devotees flock to the temple during Navratri.

Varanasi

Varanasi

Married women visit the Shailputri temple to pay their respects and ask for the well-being of their husbands. Usually, red flowers, coconuts and a red piece of cloth called “chunri” are offered to the Goddess as part of Hindu rituals during Navratri.

The Shailputri temple is located at A-40/11, Marhia Ghat, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. It is a great place to visit for tourists who would like a sneak peek into Navratri customs in north India. On the first day of Navratri, a huge aarti (prayer session) is held at the Shaiputri temple in Varanasi. Prayers are followed by katha or mythological story sessions that glorify and praise Goddess Durga.

So, if you are in Uttar Pradesh during Navratri 2017, make it a point to visit this ancient temple in Varanasi. You are sure to take back memories for life.