Navratri – or the nine auspicious nights dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms is one of the most auspicious period in the Hindu calendar. Each night of the Navaratri is associated with one of the forms of Durga that have distinct significances. Day 2 is devoted to Goddess Brahmacharini.
Dressed in white, Maa Brahmacharini is the unmarried form of Sati, King Daksha’s daughter, who was later married to Lord Shiva. It is believed that she underwent rigorous penance to please Lord Shiva and convince him to get married to her. Since she lived a life of a Brahmacharini by fasting for years and withstanding extreme weather conditions, she has tremendous powers.
She is depicted holding a Japa Mala in the right hand and a Kamandala in the left hand.
Since she is governed by Mangal, the controller of all fortunes, her devotees worship her on the second day of Navaratri to seek her blessings for peace, virtue and prosperity.
You can chant this Mantra to pay ode to Goddess Brahmacharini:
ॐ देवी ब्रह्मचारिण्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Brahmacharinyai Namah॥
देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥
Dadhana Karpadma abhyamaksh Mala kamandalu
Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmacharinya Nuttama