The famous Hindu Chaitra Navratri begins today as the beginning of auspicious month of Chaitra from the Hindu month. The month is also important and auspicious for the harvest point of view and various celebrations organized in the important month in the country.
As far as the Navratri is matter, it is very important as the worshippers start the worship of Goddess Durga. Needless to say, the Navratri is the festival of Nine day which is to start from 31th of March, 2014. Commonly it known as the Chaita Navratri which starts from the first month of Chaitra, the first month of Hindi counting and it ends with the Ramnavami, the birth of Lord Rama.
All nine forms of Goddess Durga worshipped by the Hindus during the period of Nine days.
The various manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kooshmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kalratree, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri which remembered and worshipped by Hindus during the period.
Shailputri is assumed to be the daughter of mountain Himalayas which has been mentioned in Purana. It has been said that Shaiputri is the first among all the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga.
It is said that her name was Sati bhawani means the wife of Lord Shiva. Story tells that once Daksha organized a famous Yagna and did not invite Shiva however Sati reached there and Shiva had insulted by Daksha. Being insulted to Shiva, she burnt herself in the fire of yagna and thus she becomes the daughter of Himalaya known as Parvati.
It has been said that Himalaya named the girl Parvati or Hemvati and she tore the ego of various gods and they bowed down and accepted her as shakti.
It has been mentioned that she took birth to provide relieve the gods from the tyranny and demon Mahishashur. Durga, who is believed to the aggressive face of the Goddess Shakti, was born to fight and end the demons.