Goddess Mahagauri – Eighth Day Of NavratriDate : | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
The divine descent of Goddess Maa Mahagauri Day 8
When the incitement of demons was so much beyond the limit that even celestial beings were tortured by the evil asuras, gods gathered for finding a solution for this menace and a divine energy in the form of light emerged from them and took the form of Goddess Durga. She was the one who manifested in different forms and slain the demons over a period of nine days. This was a great welfare of the entire human race and the gods regained their right over the fruits of the yajnas. The eighth avatar of Maa Durga is known by the name of mother Gauri by devotees. She incarnated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Navratri festival. She is of very fair complexion as the Kunda flowers and a bright moon. She attained the divine beauty by performing a great penance and hence she is known as Maha-Gauri. The goddess is four-handed and holds a trident on the upper right hand and holds the boon-granting gesture in the lower right hand. In the upper left hand, she holds the gesture of fearlessness and a damaru in the lower left hand. She is riding a bull which means that a white bull is her vehicle who is very courageous and an emblem of dharma. Goddess gained the wifehood of great Lord Shiva with her extremely difficult penance and hence she is also popularly known by the names like “Bhavaani” and “Shiva”. By her worship, her devotees can get all their wishes fulfilled. Also, goddess eradicates diseases, fears, pains, obstacles etc. with her divine powers. She constantly blesses her children with happiness. Ashwin Navaratri Nav Durga Pujan, a golden opportunity for Durga devotees. Register today and get your free gift.
Worship method of goddess Mahagauri
Sri Durga’s eighth divine form is well known in this world and another world as goddess Mahagauri. She is usually worshiped in a special manner on the eighth manifestation of goddess durga. By her grace, an individual also gets rid of the accumulated bad karmas of the past. Hence those desiring a betterment and prosperity should certainly perform her pooja the procedure is same as before. During the pooja of maa Mahagauri on the eighth day, married women do special prayers to the goddess for the safety and welfare of their husbands and their families. They offer various items related to the marital life like chunari, saree etc. for the betterment of their marital life. By doing this, unmarried women are blessed with a good spouse and those already married get their spouse and family protected by the goddess. The family atmosphere becomes peaceful and happier.
Mythological story of Sri Mahagauri
Goddess Mahagauri ensures overall welfare of every devotee. The most famous story about her found in the scriptures is that for getting Lord Shiva as his consort, she performed extreme penance in the deep forest in a very difficult way for many years which was never done by anyone before. As a result, Lord Shiva was pleased with her penance and devotion and asked her to ask for a wish. Goddess immediately expressed her wish to get him as a consort. God said, “be it so”. But because of the difficult penance for several years, her body had become very weak and darker. Lord Shiva took some water from his kamandalu and sprinkled over her and she was transformed to a great radiant fair complexion as per the wish of Lord Shiva. Since then she was known as Mahagauri. She is the ultimate shelter of every devotee and an embodiment of prosperity.
Another tale explains the story that goddess Parvati did a stringent penance for getting lord Shiva as her consort. As a result of her long and difficult penance, she was married to Lord Shiva. Once upon a time, Lord Shiva platonically says something to the goddess which she takes in a wrong way and goes to a secluded place and starts the penance. After a long period, Lord Shiva himself starts searching her and reaches the place where she is a deep penance. While performing the penance, her body was illuminated by a bright aura hence Lord Shiva blesses her with extremely fair complexion. Since then she is better known as Maha-Gauri. She is as radiant as the bright moon. This form of the goddess is extremely auspicious. Ashwin Navaratri Maa Durga Puja, a golden opportunity for maa Durga devotees. Register today and get your free gift.
The mantra of Goddess Sri Mahagauri
There are many mantras of the goddess but among those, one specific mantra is the best known and believed to be the best for gaining blessings. Those who do not have good shelter are blessed with a good house. For those girls wishing for a good bridegroom, they get their desires fulfilled. This mantra has been chanted by sages and scholars since the time immemorial.
सर्वमंगलमगंले शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके। शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते।।
Sarva-Mangala-Maangalye Shive Sarvaatha-Saadhike |
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri Narayani Namostute ||
The eminence of Sri Mahagauri
Meditation, invocation, poojan, remembrance and all such holy acts are extremely prospering for the devotees. Because of these, they can get rid of the miseries and pains of their lives. Life becomes blessed. Hence it is recommended that every man and woman with positive efforts should try their best to worship the mother goddess as per their abilities. Because the goddess is the giver of positive thoughts, wisdom, wealth, progeny and fame to everyone.