On the eighth day of the Navratri Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped. The eighth day is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri. She is very powerful and she has the power to fulfill all of the wishes of her devotees and those who pray to her. People get relief from all their suffering. Therefore the Mahagauri stands for the extremely white as the Goddess was white color and very beautiful. Mahagauri is represented with the four hands, holding a lotus, trident and a drum and the fourth one is being for the blessing gesture. Therefore the lotus is at the times replaced with a rosary.
Story of the Goddess Mahagauri
The Goddess Parvati had to be performed penance in order to get Lord Shiva as her husband. On the other hand while undergoing that she had to face a lot of hardships like survive on the leaves, stay in the wild and dark forests and due to such conditions her color complexion turned into black. Later, when the lord shiva accepted her as his wife then he bathed her with the water from the Ganga which turned her complexion back again to the normal as the fair. This is the reason for which she is known as Mahagauri.
Additionally, there is another story according to that story it was said that there was a hungry lion who saw Mahagauri who is performing the penance. Therefore the lion waited for her penance to end t satiate his hunger but the long period passed and the lion grew hungrier and the weaker. After performing the penance when the goddess opened her eyes then she saw that the lion sitting in front of her and she felt very bad for the lion because she had also performed penance along with the goddess. After then the Goddess decided to make the lion as her vehicle and since then, the lion and bull both are seen as the vehicle of the Goddess.
On the day of the ashtami, the women offer the red dupatta to the Goddess. On the day of the Ashtmi first clean the area where you want to perform the Puja. Then place an idol or a picture of the Goddess Mahagauri. After it places a white cloth on the table where you have kept the idol or the picture and keep the Mahagauri yantra here. Take some of the flowers in the hand and pray to the Goddess Mahagauri.
On the Ashtami, the Kanya pooja is also performed in which you need to invite the nine girls at your home. First, wash their feet and then offer the food to them. It includes the halwa, poori, and the Kala chana along with the coconut and some money. The age of the girls should be above 2 years and less than 10 years. Therefore the girls should be nine in the number or else two.
Vande Vanchit Kamarth Chandrardhkrit Shekharam
Sinhruda Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashswanim
Purnandu Nibhan Gauri Somchakrastithta Ashtam Mahagauri Trinetram
Varabhitikaran Trishool Damroodharan Mahagauri Bhajem
Patambar Paridhanan Mriduhasya Nanalankar Bhooshitam
Manjeer Haar Keyoor, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam
Praful Vandana Pallavandhara Kaant Kapolan Trailokya Mohnam
Kamniya Lavanya Mrinal Chandangandhliptam.
Sarvasankat Hantri Twahi Dhan Aishwary Pradayneem
Gyanda Chaturvedmayi Mahagauri Pranmabhyaham
Sukh Shantidatri Dhan Dhanya Pradayneem
Damruvadya Priya Adya Mahagauri Pranmabhyaham
Trailokyamangal Twahi Tapatrya Harineem
Vadadn Chaitanyamayi Mahagauri Pranmamayaham.
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