The eighth day of Navratri or Durga Ashtami is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri, who is the eighth Avatar of nine goddesses. Goddess Mahagauri has other names also which are Shwetambardhara (dressed in white clothes), Vrisharudha (rides the bull), Chaturbhuji (have four hands) and Shambhavi.
The name, Mahagauri is derived from ‘Maha’ means ‘great,’ and ‘Gauri’ means ‘complexion.’ It is believed that the planet Rahu is governed by Goddess Parvati.
Significance of Navratri Day 8 | Importance of eighth day Navratri puja
Being a symbol of purity, serenity and tranquillity, Mahagauri is said to put an end to all the suffering of her devotees. It is also believed that Mahagauri is the 16-year-old unmarried form of Goddess Parvati.
This eighth avatar of Navdurga in her physical form is depicted as a three-eyed, four-armed beautiful Goddess mounted on a white vrishabha (bull).
Two of her arms on either side are in the Varada and Abhay mudras (poses) to bless and alleviate fears from the lives of her devotees, while her other two arms hold a Trishul (trident) and damru (tambourine).
Navratri 8th day is one of the most important days of Navratri. Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfil all the wishes of her devotees and those who pray to her, get relief from all their sufferings. Get loaded with success, buy the Meru Prushth Shree Yantra - Golden Plated.
The Main Legend
According to mythology, legend says that Parvati wanted to get Lord Shiva as her husband, so she left all the comforts of the palace and started the tough penance in the forest. While performing the severe penance for many years, Parvati’s body turned black due to dust, soil and leaves of trees.
At last, Lord Shiva pleased with her hard penance and blessed her that he would marry her. Lord Shiva cleaned the goddess Parvati with the sacred water of holy Ganga. All the dust, soil and dirt were washed away from the body of Goddess Parvati, and she got the white complexion. Thus Goddess Parvati is also known as Mahagauri.
Navratri 8th day pooja rituals:
1. On the eighth day of Navratri, Devotees observe fast and perform several rituals on Ashtami like, it is the day for Maha Puja, a day for Kanya Puja - where nine little girls are worshipped, considering them nine goddesses of Navratri.
2. For some devotees 8th day of Navratri is for breaking their fast.
3. On the eighth day of Navratri pooja, married women offer the red Chunri to goddess Maha Gauri for the long life of their husbands.
4. Along with Goddess Mahagauri, Lord Shiva is also worshipped on this day.
5. To break their fast they need to do the Kanyak Pooja, in which they have to perform pooja of little nine girls, have to feed them good food it could be Kheer, Puri and Halwa and offer them some gift then devotees can break their fast by eating the same food.
8th day of Navratri 2019 | Important dates and timings:
Goddess Mahagauri Puja Date: October 06, 2019
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 09:51 AM on October 05, 2019
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 10:54 AM on October 06, 2019
Recite the below-mentioned Mantras to get the blessing from the almighty Maa Mahagauri.
ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
The devotees should perform the eighth day of Navratri puja with huge devotion and pure mind so that Devi Mahagauri fulfils all their desires. Maa Maha Gauri vanishes all the previous sins and wrong deeds of the devotees and purifies their life. Goddess Maha Gauri leads them to the path of truth and happiness. Invoke your luck, get money and prosperity, buy the Shree Yantra Golden Plated.