Goddess Shailputri - An Absolute form of Mother Nature

 

Navratri is celebrated to worship Goddess Durga and her myriad forms in all its glory. This festival is charismatically celebrated for 9 days, dedicating each day to her 9 incarnations. Her divine blessings are sought after by devotees through prayers, fasting, religious ceremonies to honour every divine feminine aspect of “Shakti”.

 

 

 

Stuti

 

                 या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ शैलपुत्री रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

                             Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Shailaputri Rupena Samsthita।

                              Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

 

The relationship between a woman and nature has been talked about for long enough, considering the basic feminist tenets of equality between the genders. Ecofeminism is assessed as a commitment to the environment, realizing the associations made between women & nature.

 

The first incarnation of Mother Durga is Goddess Shailaputri. She is the daughter of the King of Mountains(Himalayas). In Sanskrit mountain is referred to as “Shail” and Putri means daughter, thus she is named “Shailputri”.

 

 

Bhog - On this day, fast is observed and pure Ghee is offered on the foot of Goddess Shailputri. It is believed that by offering this bhog, the devotees are blessed with a disease-free life.

 

So, when we think of the Goddess Shailputri – what comes to our mind?

 

A woman who's Free as Air, Adaptive as Water, Fierce as Fire, Compassionate & Nurturance as Earth, and Serene as Space.

 

The Legend has it -

 

 

  • Goddess Shailputri is an absolute form of Mother Nature. She is the embodiment of patience and devotion.
  • She is also Goddess Parvati who is revered as the consort of Lord Shiva in this form.
  • Before taking the form of Shailaputri, she was Sati in her previous birth, who immolated herself in a yogic fire as her husband Lord Shiva was humiliated in a sacrificial ceremony held by her father Daksh Prajapati. She takes the incarnation of Devi Shailputri to be married again to Lord Shiva with due respect.
  • Devi Shailaputri resides in Muladhara Chakra, being the source of Shakti. Starting the first day of our spiritual journey is to focus on this chakra to be bestowed with strength, courage, and composure.
  • The color “Red” is significant for this day as this Devi symbolizes action and vigor to be steadfast in achieving our goals.

 

The Modern Avataar

 

 

On this auspicious occasion, we would like to take a moment to salute the real-life and #ModernAvatars of Devi Shailputri who have constantly struggled and outshined, to preserve and maintain the ecological balance.

 

With weapons of empowerment, these women took an environmental stand-off and played the role of 'superhero'. A matriarchal goddess-type figure - these women exist as an example of self, the saviour of society, cosmos, and the environment.

 

And so we acknowledge a few faces among us whose stories intricately weaves an epistle of human-wildlife interaction, species distribution & extinction, wildlife preservation & conservation.

 

 

 

Latika Nath aka India's 'Tiger Princess' had put her life at risk to study Tigers and about their habitat. Also, she's India's first woman wildlife biologist to have a PhD in Tiger Conservation from the University of Oxford.

 

 

 

Another in our slot, we would like to commemorate Purnima Devi Barman, who's working to protect and save Greater Adjutant Stork, or the hargilla as known in their local language. For her commitments and endeavours, she was accredited as 'Earth Hero' by the Royal Bank of Scotland and honoured with the UNDP India Biodiversity by the United Nations.

 

Standing the Test of Time

 

While the troubles been provoked by some, there's always a list who steps us to take the initiative to conserve & safeguard what's bestowed to us naturally. We, at Prestige, salute the #ModernAvatars who have not only taken the uncompromising path to the greater good of Nature but also continue to inspire others.

 

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So, how much you know about the much-awaited festive season of Navratri. Test your smarts & knowledge with these witty & amusing #NavratriQuiz.

 

 

 

 

Credits - Latika Nath; Purnima Devi Burman [Yourstory.com - These five women are determined to save the environment for a better tomorrow ]