Mahagauri is the eighth form out of the nine forms of Durga. Mahagauri is worshiped on the eighth day of the festival of Navratri. All the devotees worship Mahagauri on this day. Mahagauri is believed to be the eighth incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Mahagauri is also called ‘Shwetambardhara’. Mahagauri All jewelery and clothes are white. The name of Mahagauri reveals the completely gaur character of the mother. Maa Mahagauri Upma is given with the flowers of conch, moon and kunda.
According to a legend, to get Lord Shiva in her husband's form, the goddess did severe penance, due to which her body turns black. Pleased with the penance of the goddess, Lord Shiva accepts her and Shiva washes her body with Ganga-water. Then the goddess becomes very radiant like white light, and since then she was named 'Gauri'. Goddess Mahagauri is also known as Annapurna, Aishwarya Pradayini, Chaitanyamai.
Their character is completely noticeable. This magnificence is equated with the conch, the moon and the flower of the Kunda. All his clothes and ornaments etc. are also white.
Mahagauri has four arms. His vehicle is Taurus. He holds Abhaya Mudra in his upper right hand and Trishul in his lower right hand. There is a Damru in the upper left hand and Vara-mudra in the lower left hand. His posture is very calm.
Mahagauri is worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hinduism, Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the wishes of her devotees. One who worships the goddess gets freedom from all the troubles of life.
On the day of Ashtami, women offer chunari to the mother goddess for their honeymoon. The law of worship of Goddess Gauri is also the same, that is, just as you have worshiped the mother till the date of Saptami, similarly on the day of Ashtami, like every day, worship the Goddess with Panchopchar.
The meditation, remembrance, worship-worship of Maa Mahagauri is all-encompassing for the devotees. We should always take care of them. All the nine goddesses are pleased by the worship of Mahagauri. By the grace of Mahagauri, supernatural accomplishments are attained. One should always meditate on his own devotees by making the mind united with a unique feeling.
Maa Mahagauri definitely removes the sufferings of the devotees. By worshiping it, the impossible tasks of the Artajans also become possible. Therefore, we should make every effort to take refuge at its feet.
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥
Sarvamangal Mangalye, Shiva Sarvartha Sadhike |
Sharanye Tryambake Gauri Narayani Namostute ||
Shwete Vrushe Samarudha Shvetambardhara Shuchih |
Mahagauri shubham dadyanmahadev-pramod-da ||
Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Maa Gauri Rupen Sansthita |
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namh ||
Meaning: O mother! Ambe, who is everywhere and famous as Maa Gauri, I bow to you again and again. O mother, grant me happiness and prosperity.