KANPUR: As first day of Navratra is dedicated to Maa Shailputri, the Tapeshwari Devi temple, which has the statue of goddess Shailputri, attracts the maximum number of devotees. It is believed that Maa Shailputri, the first incarnation of goddess Durga, bestows peace, happiness, bliss and harmony on her devotees.
Devouts in large numbers turned up at various temples in the city on the first day of Navratra here on Saturday.
Since early morning hours, people reached temples bare footed to pay obeisance to the goddess. They also did ‘parikrama’ of the temples by lying down with folded hands. Several followers of Maa Tapeshwari also set the Akhand Jyoti afire, which will continue to burn till the last day of Navratra.
It is believed a person, whose wish has been granted by the goddess, has to put the Akhand Jyoti from the beginning of Navratra, which should continue to burn till Navami, the ninth day.
People, who fast during Navratra, do not eat foodgrains but instead consume fruits, potato chaat, curd, milk and sweets. Many devotees who eat nothing throughout the day, dine at the end of the day.
As it was the first Navratra, people went to shops to buy various items. They will continue to do shopping in the remaining days of Navratra because all these nine days are believed to be very auspicious.