During the festival of Navratri, Goddess Durga Devi is worshiped in nine avatars. During these nine holy days, each day of Goddess Durga Mata is worshiped in different avatars. In Jaipur, special prayers to be held during Navratri are as follows:
October 16: First day of Navratri – Ghata Sthapana and Shailaputri Puja
October 17: Preeti Dwitiya or Brahmacharini Puja
October 18: Chandrakanta puja
October 19: Kushmanda puja
October 20: Skandamata Puja or Lalitha Panchami
October 21: Katyayani Puja or Durga Shashti
October 22: Kaalratri Pooja or Maha Sapthami
October 22: Maha Gauri Pooja – Durgashtami
October 23: Siddhidatri Puja – Mahanavami
On October 24, the tenth day of Navratri, Aparajitha Puja or Vijaya Dashami or Dashara festival will be held.
The legend of Goddess Shailputri was also narrated in the temples. It was told that Mata Shailputri was the daughter of Himalaya. She is regarded as the first among nine avatars of Durga and worshiped on the first day of Navaratri. In one of her previous births, she was ‘Sati Bhavani Mata’, the daughter of King Daksha. Furthermore, Mata Shailputri, also known as Parvati got married to Lord Shiva. The deity is depicted as holding a ‘Trishul’in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand riding a bull.
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