Things to know about Navratri Day 8
Shardiya Navratri 2020 is a perfect time to worship all nine forms of Maa Durga. The 8th day of Navratri belongs to Goddess Mahagauri, the eighth avatar of Maa Durga. We are approaching Navratri day 8 and once again we are ready to welcome Goddess Mahagauri at our home. On this auspicious day, devotees offer early morning prayers to Maa Mahagauri in order to get her divine blessings. In the evening, people together enjoy the Garba dance in an Indian traditional outfit. Navratri day 8 is also considered as Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami as it said that the cruel demon Mahishasura was killed by Maa Durga on this day. And therefore it represents the victory of good over evil.
Important Date and Timings For Navratri Day 8
Date: October 24, 2020, Saturday
Ashtami Tithi Begins: 06:57 AM on Oct 23, 2020
Ashtami Tithi Ends: 06:58 AM on Oct 24, 2020
Why Is Mother Parvati Known As Maa Mahagauri?
Mother Parvati promised herself to marry Lord Shiva and to fulfill her desire, she undertook severe penance. On the request of sage Narada, she began her austerities in the forest region to please Lord Shiva. However, she continued austerities without having a single drop of water and even after her body was covered up with dust. Seeing her devotion, Lord Shiva himself came to pour the water of Ganga on her body in order to remove dust and leaves. The moment she took a bath from Ganga Jal, her skin started glowing like a pearl. Thus, she received her name as Maa Mahagauri.
Maa Mahagauri is a combination of two Hindu words ‘Maha’ and ‘Gauri’. As per Hindus, Maha means ‘Great’ and Gauri means ‘Fair Complexion’. Looking at the idol of Goddess Mahagauri, the goddess is seen like she is mounted on a bull having three eyes and four hands. She has a trident in the right hand and a damaru in the left hand. The remaining arms of the Goddess are performing Varada and Abhay mudras. This peaceful avatar of Mother Parvati indicates purity, serenity and tranquillity.
Know The Facts of Dedicating The 8th Day Of Navratri To Maa Mahagauri
The Sheer importance of the eighth day Navratri puja is to worship Maa Mahagauri as it is believed that Maa Mahagauri bestows her devotees with prosperity, wisdom and knowledge. Devotees recite Maa Mahagauri mantra to achieve success, peace and longevity for them and also for their family. Maa Mahagauri is known as the governor of the planet Rahu. By worshipping the Goddess, one can overcome the struggling phase of their life. Maa Mahagauri directs Rahu in a favourable position and may help to remove the bad effects of Rahu. A Person dealing with Rahu Dosha may get rid of it by invoking the Goddess Mahagauri. In some parts of India, people end their fasting rituals on the 8th day instead of the last day. People break their fast one day earlier to perform Kanya puja. Kanya puja is performed by nine young girls to worship nine different forms of Maa Durga. It is believed that by doing Kanya Puja, Goddess may help unmarried girls to find the desired life partner.
Tips To Perform Maa Mahagauri
Below are the tips to perform Mahagauri Puja on the 8th day of the Navratri.
Keep the idol of Goddess Mahagauri outside your home temple
Spread grains seeds in a clay pan
Pour water into the grain seeds
Take a Kalash (pitcher) and cover it with leaves
Place coconut inside Kalash and put tilak on the forehead of the idol
Invoke Goddess Mahagauri by chanting Maa Mahagauri mantra
End your Puja with aarti
Share prasad with your family members
Maa Mahagauri Mantra (Maa Gauri Mantra)
Following mantra to be remembered while performing Mahagauri Puja. You may achieve the path of success, power and prosperity.
ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
Happy Durga Ashtami 2020
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Things to know about Navratri Day 8