Navratri Day 8: History & Significance Of Maa Mahagauri
New Delhi: The eighth day of the auspicious Hindu festival of Navratri is called Ashtami. On this day, the 8th form of Goddess Durga – Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped.
Maa Mahagauri is believed to be an avatar of Devi Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva.
Goddess Mahagauri is depicted with four hands in which she carries Trishul and Damru in two hands and the other two hands are kept in Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra. She is compared to a conch, the moon and the white flower of Kunda due to her fair complexion.
She adorns only white clothes. Mahagauri is the amalgamation of two words Maha and Gauri which means extreme white complexion.
DATE AND TIME
The Durga Ashtami will begin at 09:47 PM on October 12 and will prevail till 08:07 PM on October 13. The auspicious muhurat i.e. Vijaya muhurat will fall between 02:03 PM and 02:49 PM.
MAHAGAURI PUJA VIDHI
The Puja begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. Nine small pots are installed and nine shaktis of Durga are invoked in them during the Puja. All nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped on this day. People also perform Kanya Pujan on this day. Sandhi Puja also falls on Maha Ashtami. Sandhi Puja is performed during the last 24 minutes of Ashtami Tithi and the first 24 minutes of Navami Tithi.