The eighth day of Navratri festival is known as “Ashtami”. On this day, Maa Mahagauri is worshipped, who is the eighth manifestation of the Goddess Durga. Maha Gauri is a manifestation is of Goddess Parvati. The meaning of Maha Gauri is Maha (great or extreme) and Gauri (white complexion). The Goddess Maha Gauri rides in a white Vrishabha (Bull) and wears pure white cloths adorned with white ornaments.
She is represented with four arms seated on a Vrishabha (bull). Her upper left hand holds Trishul (trident), lower right hand carries Damru (hand drum) and other two hands are in different Mudras (positions).
According to Hindu Mythology it is believed that when Maa Paravati observed a hard sacrament to obtain Lord Shiva in the forest of Himalayas, she had lost her beauty and developed a dark complexion. But when Lord Shiva accepted her great devotion, Shiva washed the body of Paravti with pure water of “Ganga”. After getting washed with the water of “Ganaga” Maa Paravti regained her original beauty. Due to this she came to be recognized as “Maha Gauri”, meaning “extremely white” and became prominent as the consort of Mahadev (Lord Shiva).
Chant this mantra to worship Maa Mahagaur
श्वेते वृषे समारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः |
महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्त्र महादेव प्रमोददा ||
Śvētē vr̥ṣē samārūḍhā śvētāmbaradharā śuciḥ |
mahāgaurī śubhaṁ dadyāntra mahādēva pramōdadā ||
If her devotees pray for their hearts then Goddess, Maha Gauri fulfills the desires of her devotees. Maa Mahagauri’s glory is some much powerful. Goddess is the symbol of purity, serenity, peace and calmness. Her devotees observe fast on ashtami to seek divine blessings of the powerful Maa Mahagauri
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