The day of Maha Gauri on eighth day of Navratri
Maha Gauri the 8th Manifestation of Parvati:
Mahagauri is the eighth manifestation of goddess Parvati. And she is worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hindu mythologies, the Goddess Parvati at the age of sixteen was extremely beautiful. And she was blessed with fair complexion. Endowed with extremely fair complexion and beauty, she was known as Maha Gauri. Because of her fair complexion she is compared with moon, conch and white flower of Kunda.
Iconography of Mahagauri:
Mahagauri is usually depicted with four hands. Three hands holding a trident, lotus, and drum, while the fourth hand in the Vardaan or blessing gesture. The lotus is sometimes replaced with a rosary. Mounted on a white bull, Mahagauri is shown in white clothes.
Legend of Maha Gauri:
Two demons Shumbh and Nishumbh were becoming indispensible. As they were given the boon of being killed by the daughter of Parvati. So as to kill them Shiva turned Mahagauri into Kali or dark complexion.
Mahadev made her skin complexion black by his magic. And he also teased her as ‘Kali’. Mahagauri get agitated by this, and she did severe penance and pleased Brahma to obtain her fair complexion.
Mahagauri succeeded in her penance. And she was advised by Brahma to take bath in Mansarovar River in Himalaya. As she took a bath, her dark skin separated from her.
Advantages of worshipping Mahagauri:
- Worship of Mahagauri is very advantageous Adherence toward Maha Gauri is truly advantageous.
- She denotes peace and endurance. Goddess Maha Gauri has the power to fulfil all the desires of her devotees.
- By heartily worshipping this Goddess, previous sin and influence of wrong deeds of worshippers get vanished.
- As Maha Gauri governs Rahu planet. So by worshipping her all the ill effects of Rahu are removed.
According to Shiv Purana Maha Gauri was only 8 years old when she started with her penance. She wanted Lord Shiva as her husband. Therefore, it is the rule of worshiping Maha Gauri on the eighth day.
It is particularly rewarding to read the medium character of Durga Saptashati. In the worship of the Maha Gauri on the eighth day.
According to the scriptures, they had performed harsh worship to get Lord Shiva. Due to which their body was blackened. But Lord Shiva was pleased with the meditation. And then washed his body with the holy water of the Ganges. As a result, he became known as Ganga Varna and since then he is known as Mahagauri.
It is advised that one can wear blue colour and various colours of blue to get the maximum benefits.
Since Goddess, Maha Gauri is also an incarnation of Goddess Durga. So she also provides with strength and fearlessness. Furthermore, it would be good if you perform the Durga Puja, to get the divine blessings on this Navratri.The day of Maha Gauri on eighth day of Navratri - Askganesha by Acharya Dharam Shastri