Goddess Shailputri is also known as Bhavani, Parvati or Hemvati. Shail means mountains and Putri means daughter. Hence, she is called Shailputri, since she is the daughter of a mountain. In the pictures and idols, Goddess Shailputri is shown carrying a Trishul in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand. She is mounted on Nandi (bull). She is the ruler of planet Mars. If anyone worships her, they are believed to be provided with good fortune.
Navratri 2018 Puja stars with Kalash Sthapana or popularly known as Ghatasthapana. The devotees sow the seeds of barley in a clay pot or a Kalash. This signifies prosperity and invocation of the Goddess in the house. It is not performed during Amavasya and night time. Since, Tuesday (9th October) was an Amavasya, the Kalash Sthapana was performed early morning on 10th October. The Kalash is decorated with vermilion (Sindoor), turmeric (Haldi) and flowers. The Kalash with seeds is watered everyday and worshipped.
The colour of Navratri day 1 is Royal Blue.