Maa Mahagauri: The Eighth Day of Navratri 2023

Navratri 2023: Day 8 – Maa Mahagauri Significance, Timing, Mantra, Bhog, and Colors

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Maa Mahagauri: The Eighth Day of Navratri 2023

22nd October 2023, Mumbai: On October 22, the significant occasion of Maha Ashtami unfolds during the ongoing grand Navratri celebrations nationwide. Maha Ashtami, the eighth day of Shardiya Navratri and the second day of Durga Puja, holds immense importance. Devotees pay homage to the eighth manifestation of Goddess Shakti, Maa Mahagauri, on this day. Rituals include Kanya Puja, Kumari Puja, and the revered Sandhi Puja. Additionally, the Bengali community venerates Maa Chamunda, commemorating her victory over the demon associates Chanda, Munda, and Raktabija. For those observing Shardiya Navratri, comprehensive details about Maa Mahagauri, including significance, puja procedures, timing, and required materials on this auspicious eighth day, are provided.

Maa Mahagauri: Significance on Navratri 2023 Day 8

On the eighth day of Shardiya Navratri, Hindu devotees of Maa Durga worship Maa Mahagauri. According to Hindu legend, Goddess Shailputri was extraordinarily beautiful and endowed with a fair complexion when she was sixteen. She was known as Goddess Mahagauri in this incarnation. Because she rides a bull, she is also known as Maa Vrisharudha. Because of her fair appearance, the Goddess is frequently equated to a conch, the moon, and the white flower of Kunda. Finally, because the Goddess is always dressed in white, she is known as Shwetambardhara.

Maa Mahagauri has four hands: one on the right holds a Trishul and the other in Abhaya Mudra, one on the left holds a Damaru and the other in Varada Mudra. She represents purity, peace, and quiet and rules over the planet Rahu. Night Blooming Jasmine, also known as Raat Ki Rani, is her favorite flower.

People revere Maa Mahagauri because she is famed for showering prosperity and an affluent lifestyle on her believers and erasing all their miseries. On Ashtami, praying to Maa Durga can help one get rid of all their difficulties and sins. The Ashtami fast is also significant because it brings riches and luck.

Navratri 2023 Day 8: Puja Vidhi, Bhog, Colour, and Timing

The Ashtami Tithi commences on October 21 at 9:53 pm and concludes on October 22 at 7:58 pm. The auspicious Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga is from 6:26 am to 6:44 pm, allowing devotees to perform Kanya Puja starting at 6:26 am. It is advisable for devotees to begin Ashtami by cleansing themselves with a ceremonial bath and adorning new attire. To honor the nine shaktis of Maa Durga, set up nine pots at the sacred altar in your homes and engage in worship.

A significant ritual is the Kanya Puja, where nine young unmarried girls are invited into homes and revered as divine embodiments of Goddess Durga. Devotees traditionally wash their feet, apply tilak on their foreheads, and present them with prasad, including puri, halva, and black grams. The pivotal Sandhi Puja takes place between 7:34 pm and 8:22 pm, marking another significant aspect of the Ashtami celebrations.

According to Drik Panchang, the color of Maha Ashtami and Maa Mahagauri is purple. Using this color brings good fortune. It symbolizes majesty and royalty. Finally, on Ashtami, devotees offer coconut as a special bhog to Maa Mahagauri. Giving coconuts to Brahmins on Ashtami is said to bring prosperity and pleasure.

Maa Mahagauri Puja Mantra, Prathana, Stuti, and Stotra for Day 8

1) Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah

2) Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetambaradhara Shuchih

Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadeva Pramodada

3) Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupena Samsthita

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

4) Sarvasankata Hantri Tvamhi Dhana Aishwarya Pradayanim

Jnanada Chaturvedamayi Mahagauri Pranamamyaham

Sukha Shantidatri Dhana Dhanya Pradayanim

Damaruvadya Priya Adya Mahagauri Pranamamyaham

Trailokyamangala Tvamhi Tapatraya Harinim

Vadadam Chaitanyamayi Mahagauri Pranamamyaham

-By Vaishnavi Rastogi

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