Shailputri , daughter of the Himālayas, is worshiped 1st of all the Nava Durga Shaktis (the nine forms of Durga) on the first Night during the auspacious Nava Ratri.
In her previous birth she was the daughter of Prajapati Daksha. Her name was Sati - Bhavani. She was the wife of Lord Shiva. Once Daksha had organized a big Yagna and did not invite Lord Shiva. But, in spite of his warning her, Sati being insistent , reached there anyway. Thereupon Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati did not tolerate the insult to her husband and renounced the body given her by her father Daksha. She burnt herself in the fire of the Yagna. In her next birth she became the daughter of Himalaya, was given the name of Parvati - Hemvati and after much tapasya finally again married Lord Shiva. As per the Upnishads she had torn the egotism of Indra and the Devtas. Being ashamed they bowed and prayed that, "In fact, thou art Shakti, we, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv, are capable only by getting Shakti from you."
~*~ Jai Jai Maa! ~*~