Eighth Day of Navratri - Maa Maha Gauri
Fascinating, mesmerizing whitish look of goddess Durga is “Maha Gauri”. Goddess Maha Gauri is the eighth form of goddess Durga, one of the elegant goddesses among Nav Durga. Goddess Maha Gauri is stately worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri Pooja. Her skin texture is completely white, and thus she is respected with name ‘Gauri’. Her beauty glows like glitter of white pearl. She indicates peace and tolerance.
She is represented with her four arms seated on a bull (Vrishabha). Her lower right hand carries a Damru (hand drum) and her upper left hand holds trident (Trishul) and the other two hands are in different mudras (positions). It is trusted that this indication of goddess parvati when she din hard expiation to acquire her Shiva due to which her body color turned dark. When lord shiva accepted her great faithfulness he washed her body with pure ganga water that actually turned her body completely white (gour). And in this way, she became eminent with name ‘Gauri’ and companion of Lord Mahadev.
Worshiping goddess Maha Gauri during the eighth day of Navratri is extremely fruitful. With her charm, the whole dark and dirt scrum of spirit get washed. Goddess Maha Gauri cleans all the dregs from the heart of her worshippers and makes them religious. Offering intercession to this supreme makes worshipper sacred.
‘Ashtami Pujan’ is basically considered as “Maha Puja” during the days of Navratri. This hopeful day is vivaciously celebrated with whole heart and faithfulness minded toward goddess maha gauri. During ‘Ashwin Shukla Ashtami’ the pray called maha gauri pujan is performed. Maha gauri poojan is completed with worship of both Shankar (lord Shiva) and Gauri. Sticking towards maha gauri is truly superior. Goddess Maha Gauri’s worshippers are never returned with vacant hands from the asylum of Goddess Gauri. Customs, grand worships, donations and rituals are performed during the Ashtami of Navratri pooja to charm this Goddess.
Variety of consecrated foods are also offered to Goddess Maha Gauri. On the holy occasion of Ashtami Pooja, feeding of little girls (Kanya Pujan) is also performed to impress Goddesses of Navdurga. In this Kanya Pujan, nine little girls are invited at the place of worshippers and are fed with varieties of delicious sweet dishes. Admirers pay the best admiration to nine little girls (Kanya) considering them nine forms of Navdurga. This ceremony completes their Pooja and gives blessings of Navdurga.