Navatri - Day 2
The One who is on the path of Brahman.
She governs Mars.
She signifies loyalty and wisdom. She is an epitome of love.
The word brahmacharini in Vedic texts means a female who pursues the sacred religious knowledge.
Brahmacharini is worshiped for emancipation or moksha and endowment of peace and prosperity. She is depicted as walking bare feet and holding a japamala and kamandal in her hands. She symbolizes bliss and calm.
In this form Durga is two-armed, clad in white and carries a rudraksha mala and sacred Kamandalu. She is in a highly pious and peaceful form or is in meditation. This form of Durga is related to the severe penance undertaken by Sati and Parvati in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as husband. Some of the most important Vratas observed in different parts of India by women is based on the strict austerities followed by Brahmacharini. She is also known as Tapasyacharini.