Eighth day of navratri puja is also known as Maha Pooja during Navratri. The eight day of Navratri or Ashtami is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri, who is the eighth Avatar of nine goddess. She is the wife of lord Shiva. Her name denotes, why she is called by the name Mahagauri, “Maha” means extreme or great and “Gauri” means white complexion. She has the extreme white complexion like moon or snow. Goddess Mahagauri has other names also which are Shwetambardhara, Vrisharudha, Chaturbhuji and Shambhavi. The reasons behind these names are, she dressed white cloths so called as “Shwetambardhara”, rides the bull so known as “Vrisharudha” and have four hands so knows as “Chaturbhuji”.
|NAVRATRI DAY 8 INFOMRATION|
|NAVRATRI DAY 8 DATE||20 April, 2021|
|EIGHTH DAY GODDESS||Maa Mahagauri|
|OTHER NAMES||Swethambardhara, Shambhavi, Vrisharudha, Chaturbhuji|
|DONATION (DAAN)||Seven Grains|
|WEAPON||Trident, Damaru (Tambourine), Abhayamudra, Varadamudra|
|NAVDURGA - AVATAR||Eighth Incarnation of Goddess Durga|
|MANTRA||ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥ - Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥|
Navratri 8th day is one of the most important days of navratri. This year, it will be celebrated on April 20, 2021 i.e. on Tuesday. To defend God from the cruel Goddess Mahagauri demolish the demons Shumbh and Nishumbh on this day.
According to mythology, legend says that Parvati want 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 the last, lord Shiva pleased with her hard penance and blessed her that he would marry to 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 extremely white complexion. Thus Goddess Parvati is also known as Mahagauri.
The devotees should perform the eighth day of Navratri puja with huge devotion and pure mind so that Devi Mahagauri fullfills all their desires. Devi Maha Gauri vanishes all the previous sins and wrong deeds of the devotees and purifies their life. Devi Maa leads them to the path of truth and happiness.
She is extremely beautiful and have fair (White as snow) complexion. Devi Mahagauri’s procession (Sawari) is white bull (vrishabha), dressed white cloths or green cloths and adorned white ornaments. She is portrayed with three eyes and four hands. In her lower right hand, she holds a trident (Trishul) while upper right hand is in the form of allaying fear. Her left upper hand holds a Damaru while lower left hand is in the pose of blessing to devotees. She is the symbol of purity, calmness and tranquillity and represents the wisdom. She has the power to turn impossible things into possible.
On the eighth day of navratri many rituals have been performed like, it is the day for Maha Puja, a day for Kanya Puja - where nine little girls are worshipped, considering them nine goddess of navratri. For some devotees 8th day of navratri is for breaking their fast. On the eight day of navratri pooja, married women offer the red chunri to goddess Maha Gauri for the long life of their husbands. Along with Goddess Mahagauri, lord Shiva is also worshipped on this day. 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 same food.
According to Hindi Calendar, Maha Gauri pooja is performed on the Shukla Ashtami. Devotees should indulge in the Goddess Maha Gauri Puja with pure mind and chant the below mantras, shlokas and Maha Gauri kawach on the eighth day of Navratri worship.
श्वेते वृषेसमारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः। महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेव प्रमोददा॥
Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetambaradhara Shuchih। Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadeva Pramodada॥
Like, White Goddess Mahagauri rides on Vrishaba, She is adorned with white coloured ornaments. Wrapped in a white saree, the Goddess is a symbol of purity and peace.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupena Samsthita। Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
वन्दे वाञ्छित कामार्थे चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। सिंहारूढा चतुर्भुजा महागौरी यशस्विनीम्॥ पूर्णन्दु निभाम् गौरी सोमचक्रस्थिताम् अष्टमम् महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्। वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥ पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्। मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल मण्डिताम्॥ प्रफुल्ल वन्दना पल्लवाधरां कान्त कपोलाम् त्रैलोक्य मोहनम्। कमनीयां लावण्यां मृणालां चन्दन गन्धलिप्ताम्॥
Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam। Simharudha Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashasvinim॥ Purnandu Nibham Gauri Somachakrasthitam Ashtamam Mahagauri Trinetram। Varabhitikaram Trishula Damarudharam Mahagauri Bhajem॥ Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam। Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam॥ Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Trailokya Mohanam। Kamaniyam Lavanyam Mrinalam Chandana Gandhaliptam॥