As we all know the holy days of Navratri are going on and today is the eighth day of these holy days which is dedicated to Maa Mahagauri. Mahagauri is a form of Navadurga. Mahagauri is worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hindu religion, Goddess Mahagauri fulfills all the wishes of her devotees and the devotee who worships them with true heart gets freedom from all the troubles in life. Therefore, let us collect information related to the eighth day of the Mother Goddess and get rid of the bottlenecks in worship.
The name Mahagauri means white, Maha = great; Gauri, Gauri = white. The four arms of Mahagauri are usually depicted, their right hand is in fearful posture and the right lower hand is a trident. She holds a tambura in her left upper arm and the lower one as a blessing. She rides a white bull, which is shown wearing white clothes. Wearing blue on the day of Durga Ashtami is considered auspicious. If possible, worship should be started by wearing blue clothes.
Maa Mahagauri Ki Katha or Story
The demons Shumbha and Nishumbha were possible only by their destruction by a female child of Parvati. That is why Brahma had advised, following the advice of Brahma Ji, Shiva used his power to blacken Parvati’s skin, giving Parvati the meaning of “Kali”, meaning “black”. However, the word “Kali” also means “death”, So Parvati was teased by many people for this black color, So Parvati was agitated by this irritation and did severe austerities to Brahma so that she could get her proper color back. She was successful in her penance and Brahma advised her to bathe in the Mansarovar River in the Himalayas. As she took a bath, her dark skin parted from her and took the form of a woman, born of Parvati’s skin. As a result of stripping her black skin, Parvati regained her fair complexion and hence earned the title “Mahagauri“. Just then she is known as Maa Mahagauri.
Maa Mahagauri Mantra
ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥
Maa Mahagauri Prathana
पूर्णन्दु निभां गौरी सोमचक्रस्थितां अष्टमं महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्। वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥
poornandu nibhaan gauree somachakrasthitaan ashtaman mahaagauree trinetraam. varaabheetikaraan trishool damaroodharaan mahaagauree bhajem.
Maa Mahagauri Aarti
जय महागौरी जगत की माया।
जया उमा भवानी जय महामाया।।
हरिद्वार कनखल के पासा।
महागौरी तेरा वहां निवासा।।
चंद्रकली और ममता अंबे।
जय शक्ति जय जय मां जगदंबे।।
भीमा देवी विमला माता।
कौशिकी देवी जग विख्याता।।
हिमाचल के घर गौरी रूप तेरा।
महाकाली दुर्गा है स्वरूप तेरा।।
सती ‘सत’ हवन कुंड में था जलाया।
उसी धुएं ने रूप काली बनाया।।
बना धर्म सिंह जो सवारी में आया।
तो शंकर ने त्रिशूल अपना दिखाया।।
तभी मां ने महागौरी नाम पाया।
शरण आनेवाले का संकट मिटाया।।
शनिवार को तेरी पूजा जो करता।
मां बिगड़ा हुआ काम उसका सुधरता।।
भक्त बोलो तो सोच तुम क्या रहे हो।
महागौरी मां तेरी हरदम ही जय हो।।
Maa Mahagauri Puja Vidhi
Just as we begin the worship on every day of Navratri, in the same way that worship begins on this day, many houses are specially worshiped in the form of Durga Ashtami. In various houses, the goddess is worshiped as young girls, and the younger girls are worshiped as Kanjakas, aso known as Kanjlakas. People welcome nine young girls (who have not yet attained puberty) to their homes. Then all these girls sit in a row and a sacred structure is tied on their wrists. Then their feet are washed and tilak is applied on their foreheads. After that the prasad, which is specially cooked for them, is offered, which consists of puri, pudding and black gram. The girls are worshiped as the young avatar of Mahagauri. After all this, alms are also given to beggars and blessings are taken by touching their feet so that the blessings of the Maa will always be on them.
Maa Mahagauri Image, Status, Quotes