GODDESS SHAILAPUTRI During the nine days of celebrations, each day each avatar of goddess Durga is worshiped. Each avatar is endowed with unique powers. Shailaputri is the first form of goddess Durga. She is the daughter of Himalaya. And so her name means daughter of the mountains. She sits on a bull (Nandhi) with a trishul onthe right hand and a lotus on the left hand. She is offered pure ghee because her devoteed believe that if they offer pure ghee, she will give them a life without illness.