Brahmacharini – the goddess of asceticism – one of the Navadurga, nine manifestation of Durga.
Brahmacharini is the goddess of asceticism and tapas. She is worshipped on the second day of Navratri – the nine divine nights dedicated to fierce Goddess Durga. Thus, she is an aspect of Goddess Durga. The legend of Brahmacharini is related to Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati. After the death of Sati, Shiva became an ascetic. However, Parvati resolves to marry Shiva and did Tapa. She began to live like an ascetic like Shiva, performing strict penance in forest. This aspect of Parvati is Goddess Brahmacharini. Shiva asceticism drew attention of Shiva and Shiva finally accepts to marry her. She is depicted as performing tapa in forest.