Shailaputri literally means “Daughter of the Mountains” and she is a manifestation of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. She is also known as Sati, Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati.
Goddess Shailaputri is depicted with two hands and has a crescent moon on her forehead. She holds a trident in her right hand and a lotus flower in the left. She rides on mount Nandi (bull). In previous birth, as the daughter of Daksha, Sati burnt herself in the fire of Yagna because Daksha insulted Lord Shiva and Sati could not tolerate the insult of her husband
In her next birth, she became the daughter of Himalaya in the name of Parvati – Hemavati and got married to Shiva.
She is Devi of the root chakra, who, upon awakening, begins Her journey upwards. Sitting on Nandi and making her first journey from the Muladhara chakra. The goal of every yogi is to keep the attention concentrated on the Muladhara chakra on the first day of Navratri so that they can experience the bliss of the upward journey of the energy as the days progress during Navratri.
The Mantra to honor this form of Goddess Durga as Shailaputri is
“Aum Hreem Shri Shailaputri Durgaaye Namaha”. Chant this mantra 108 times today on the Japa108 app. Click here for the Navratri Japa Challenge
“When you reach the peak of any experience or feeling, you experience the emergence of the Divine consciousness, because it always surges from that peak. This is the hidden meaning behind Shailaputri.”
– Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar