Worship And Rituals Of Goddess Mahagauri During Navratri On The 8th Day

Goddess Mahagauri in 2021

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October, 2021

(Wednesday)

The Goddess Mahagauri is the eighth form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. Her power is infallible and always fruitful. Her worship washes away all the sins of the devotees and destroys the pre accumulated sins. In the future, Sins and other daily sorrows don't come near to him. He becomes pure and possesses inexhaustible virtues in all respects. On this day, this form of Goddess Durga, i.e., Goddess Mahagauri, is worshipped following the proper procedure. Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri on the day of MahaAshthami brings happiness and peace and good luck to the devotees' lives. All the sorrows of the devotees are taken away, and they become devoid of all sins. On the day of MahaAshthami, after worshipping the Goddess, there is a rule to glorify Kanyas(girls). The favorite flower of Goddess Mahagauri is the Night Jasmine. Offer night jasmine flowers to her while worshipping her. During her worship, perform Aarti of Durga Chalisa and Goddess Durga; after this, produce all your wishes in front of Goddess Mahagauri. She will be happy by your worship and then will fulfill all your desires.

इस पेज को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए “देवी महागौरी” पर क्लिक करें।

The representation of Goddess Mahagauri

According to Hindu religious beliefs, Mahagauri is also known as Shiva. In one hand of Mahagauri, she holds the symbol of DurgaShakti, i.e., the Trident, and on the other hand, she has the symbol of Lord Shiva, i.e., the pellet drum.  Speaking of the worldly form of mother, Mahagauri is bright, gentle, white, and white-clad and has four hands. They have Trishul in one hand and damru in the other, the third hand in var mudra, and the fourth hand represents a householder woman's power. Goddess Mahagauri loved singing and music. She rides on a white Taurus, i.e., a bull. Her ornaments are also white in color. It is believed that worshipping her removes even the pre- accumulated sins of the worshipper.

The importance of worshipping Goddess Mahagauri

Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri on the eighth day of Navratri washes away all the sins from one's life, because of which the person becomes pure mentally as well as physically. Goddess Mahagauri directs her devotees to the path of righteousness. By worshipping her, all impure and immoral thoughts are also destroyed. Honoring this gentle form of Goddess Durga enhances the purity of the mind. This also increases positive energy. Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri helps in increasing the concentration of your mind. Worshipping her destroys all sorrows. Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri blesses the devotees with all the unworldly Siddhis. By the grace of Goddess  Mahagauri, even the most impossible tasks get accomplished easily. That is why on the day of Ashtami of Navratri, meditation, remembrance, worship is always auspicious for devotees. By worshipping Mother Gauri, a man leads to truth and renounces untruth. With the grace of Mahagauri, all sufferings of his seekers' lives are removed. They will get all the pleasures of their life. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Kali appeared from the forehead of Mother Durga and destroyed the evil demons, Chand and Munda. The devotees keep a fast on this day to receive the blessings of the Goddess. It is believed that the person who performs the Durga Ashtami fast with complete dedication and devotion receives good luck, success, and happiness. On Ashtami, women offer chunari to goddess Mother for their suhag (husband). 'Astra Puja' is also performed on this day in which devotees worship the weapons of Goddess Durga. This day is also known as Veer Ashtami.

Tale for the fast on the day of Navratri Ashtami

To receive Lord Shiva as her husband, the Goddess performed very hard austerities, due to which her body turned all black. Pleased by the austerities of the Goddess, God accepts her, and Lord Shiva washes her body with Ganga water, and then the Goddess becomes as bright as lightning, and since then, she has been named Gauri. In mahagauri form, goddess karunamayi, affectionate, calm, and soft looks. Praying for this form of Goddess, the Gods and Sages say that-

"Sarvamangal manglye shivey sarvartha sadhikey

Sharanye trayambakey gauri narayani namostutey"

“सर्वमंगल मंग्ल्ये, शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके।

 शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोस्तुते।।”

There is another tale that is popular with relation to Goddess Mahagauri. According to which a lion was hungry, he reached the place where Goddess Uma was performing austerities in search of food. Seeing the Goddess, the lion's hunger increased, but he sat there waiting for the Goddess to rise from her penance. He became frail while waiting. When the Goddess got up after performing her austerities, she felt pity for the lion, and the mother made him her vehicle because, in a way, he too had performed penance. So Goddess Gauri's vehicle is both the bull and the lion.

Worship Goddess Mahagauri in this way

  • Worship the Goddess after bathing.
  • Place the idol of Goddess Mahagauri in the temple place.
  • Bathe the idol of the Goddess with water.
  • Do offer coconut to the Goddess.
  • Offer flowers and a garland to the Goddess.
  • During her worship, do offer her some red-colored flowers.
  • Spray Gangajal in every nook and corner of the house to purify them.
  • Chant the mantras audibly while reading the pledge for fasting.
  • Make the Goddess happy by reciting her tale.
  • Do read the Goddess's Aarti.

Aarti of Mahagauri

Jai Mahagauri Jagat ki maya

(जय महागौरी जगत की माया।)

Jaya Uma Bhawani jai mahamaya

(जया उमा भवानी जय महामाया॥)

Haridwar kankhal ke pasa

(हरिद्वार कनखल के पासा।)

Mahagauri teri vaha nivasa

(महागौरी तेरी वहां निवासा॥)

Chandrakali aue mamta ambey

(चंद्रकली ओर ममता अंबे।)

Jai shakti jai jai maa jagdambey

(जय शक्ति जय जय माँ जगंदबे॥)

Bheema devi vimla maata

(भीमा देवी विमला माता।)

Kaushiki devi jag vikhyat

(कौशिकी देवी जग विख्यता॥)

Himachal ke ghar gauri roop tera

(हिमाचल के घर गौरी रूप तेरा।)

Mahakaali durga hae swaroop tera

(महाकाली दुर्गा है स्वरूप तेरा॥)

Sati sat hawan kund mey tha jalaya

(सती सत हवन कुंड में था जलाया।)

Usi dhuye ne roop kaali banaya

(उसी धुएं ने रूप काली बनाया॥)

Bana dharam singh jo savaru mey aaya

(बना धर्म सिंह जो सवारी में आया।)

To shankar ney trishul apna dikhaya

(तो शंकर ने त्रिशूल अपना दिखाया॥)

Tabhi maa ne Mahagauri naam paya

(तभी माँ ने महागौरी नाम पाया।)

Sharan aaneyvaale ka sankat mitaya

(शरण आनेवाले का संकट मिटाया॥)

Shanivaar ko teri pooja jo karta

(शनिवार को तेरी पूजा जो करता।)

Maa bigadta hua kaam uska sudharta

(माँ बिगड़ा हुआ काम उसका सुधरता॥)

Bhakr bolo to soch tum kya kr rhe ho

(भक्त बोलो तो सोच तुम क्या रहे हो।)

Mahagauri maa teri hardam hi jai ho

(महागौरी माँ तेरी हरदम ही जय हो॥)

Mantra

Om devi mahagaurye namah:

(ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥)

Prayer Mantra

Shrevte vrishesamarudha shwetaambardhara shuuchi

Mahagauri shubham dadhanamahadev pramodada

(श्वेते वृषेसमारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः।

महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेव प्रमोददा॥)

Stuti

Ya devi sarvabhuteshu maa mahagauri roopen sansthita

Namastasyey Namastasyey Namastasyey namoh namah:

(या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता।

नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥)

Mantra for Meditation

Vande vanchit kamarthey chandrardhkritshekhram

(वन्दे वाञ्छित कामार्थे चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।)

Singharudha chaturbhuja Mahagauri yashaswini

(सिंहारूढा चतुर्भुजा महागौरी यशस्विनीम्॥)

Purnandu nibham gauri somchakrasthitam ashtmum Mahagauri trinetram

(पूर्णन्दु निभाम् गौरी सोमचक्रस्थिताम् अष्टमम् महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्।)

Varaabheetikaram trishul damrudharam Mahagauri bhajem

(वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥)

Pataambar paridhanam mriduhasya nanalandkaar bhusitaam

(पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्।)

Manjeer, haar, keyur, kindkini, ratnkundal manditaam

(मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल मण्डिताम्॥)

Prafull vandana pallavadharam kaant kapolam treylokya mohanam

(प्रफुल्ल वन्दना पल्लवाधरां कान्त कपोलाम् त्रैलोक्य मोहनम्।)

Kamniyam lavnyam mrinalam chandan gandhliptam

(कमनीयां लावण्यां मृणालां चन्दन गन्धलिप्ताम्॥)

Origin

Sarvsandkat hantru tavhim Dhan Aishwarya pradyaneem

(सर्वसङ्कट हन्त्री त्वंहि धन ऐश्वर्य प्रदायनीम्।)

Gyanda chaturvedmayi Mahagauri pranamamyyaham

(ज्ञानदा चतुर्वेदमयी महागौरी प्रणमाम्यहम्॥)

Sukh shaantidaatei dhan dhanya pradanyaneem

(सुख शान्तिदात्री धन धान्य प्रदायनीम्।)

Damruvaad priya adha Mahagauri pranamamyaham

(डमरूवाद्य प्रिया अद्या महागौरी प्रणमाम्यहम्॥)

Treylokyamandal tavhim taptrya harineem

(त्रैलोक्यमङ्गल त्वंहि तापत्रय हारिणीम्।)

Vaddam chaetanyamayi Mahagauri pranmamyahum

(वददम् चैतन्यमयी महागौरी प्रणमाम्यहम्॥)

Shield Mantra

Omkaar: paatu shirsho maa, him beejam maa hridyo

(ॐकारः पातु शीर्षो माँ, हीं बीजम् माँ, हृदयो।)

Kalim beejam sadapaatu nabho griho cha padyo

(क्लीं बीजम् सदापातु नभो गृहो च पादयो॥)

Lalaatam karno hum beejam paatu Mahagauri maa netram gharno

(ललाटम् कर्णो हुं बीजम् पातु महागौरी माँ नेत्रम्‌ घ्राणो।)

Kapot chibuko fatt paatu swaha maa sarvavadno

(कपोत चिबुको फट् पातु स्वाहा माँ सर्ववदनो॥)

The importance of Ashthami Kanyapoojan

During the days of Navratri, worshipping nine girls is considered to be the best for Kanyapoojan. However, you can worship one girl every day for the consecutive nine days to achieve the desired results. If it's not possible, still do feed at least two girls. Also, worship a boy along with the girls. The boy is worshipped as Batuk Bhairav and Langoor. Lord Shiva has kept one Bhairav with every form of the Shaktipeeth; that is why it is necessary to worship the Bhairavs with the Goddesses. If during a Shaktipeeth after receiving blessings of the Goddess, if the Bhairav's blessings are not sought, then those blessings are considered to be incomplete. According to religious beliefs, girls need to be worshiped to get the desired results. It means that you should try to worship the girls who lie in the age group of 2-10 years. According to the scriptures, during the days of Navratri, young girls symbolize latent energy and worshipping it activates this energy. The one who worships them attains the blessings of all the Gods and God-like powers of this universe. Before the Kanya pooja, the house should be cleaned up. The girls invited to your home for kanya poojan symbolize the Goddesses; that's why your homes should be cleaned before this poojan. If the home environment is clean before the Kanya poojan, you will only attain the desired results. The Girls are considered to be the symbol of the Goddesses. So, when they should be welcomed at home while shouting slogans in praise of the Goddesses. After this, the feet of the girls should be washed. All the girls should be offered a raised platform to sit on, and then tilak of Roli and Kumkum should be applied on their forehead, and a Mauli should be tied on their hand.

Now perform the Aarti for all the girls and a boy; after this, serve the Goddess's prasadam to the girls. However, the girls should be fed as per their strength. Goddess Bhagwati likes pysum, sweets, fruits, halwa, gram, malpua, so the girls should be offered poodi, gram, and halwa. The girls should be fed with saffron pysum, halwa, and poodi; remembered that the food you make for them shouldn't contain onion or garlic in any form. According to popular belief, if they are fed with Potato or pumpkin stew made without onion and garlic, only the devotee will receive the desired results. After the meal, the girls are given gifts according to their strength. Red dye is applied on the feet of these Little little girls who symbolize the Goddesses. They are then worshiped, after which they are gifted with seasonal fruits, white clothes, toys, other things and coconut, banana or peda, and some Dakshina. After this, seek the blessings of the girls by touching their feet and bid them farewell. It is believed that if all the rules of the Kanya poojan are followed, then the Navratri fast is considered to be complete, and the Goddess gets pleased and fulfills all the wishes of the devotees.

Benefits of Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri

  • You can receive a boon of early marriage on the eighth day of Navratri. Also, your married life can be very peaceful.
  • It is believed that Goddess Sita worshipped her to receive Lord Ram as her husband.
  • Her worship is considered to be the panacea of all marriage-related problems.
  • In astrology, she has been related to the planet Venus.
  • Goddess Ambe is thrilled if bhajan kirtan is performed at home on Ashtami day because this form of the Goddess likes music and singing a lot.

So, on the eighth day of Navratri, Bhajan kirtan should be performed at home, and also little girls should be collected at home, and then they should be worshipped as the Goddesses.

  • Women should worship Goddess Mahagauri with a pure heart and enjoy them; Goddess Mahagauri is very calm and soft in nature, whose face shows compassion, affection, and love.

How to worship Goddess Mahagauri to strengthen Venus

Worship the Goddess while wearing white clothes. Offer white flowers and sweets to the Goddess. Also, offer her perfume.

The first chant the mantra of the Goddess, then chant the root mantra of The Venus "Om shun shukraye Namah:" 

 "ॐ शुं शुक्राय नमः."

Keep the perfume that you had offered to the Goddess and keep using it.

If you have problems in your marriage, then worship The Goddess in this way.

  • Install the statue of Goddess Mahagauri by laying a clean yellow cloth on a wooden plank.
  • Wear yellow clothes and then purify the temple place with gangajal.
  • Lighten cow ghee lamps in front of Goddess Mahagauri and meditate.
  • Offer white or yellow flowers to the Goddess with both hands and chant the mantras.
  • Offer coconut to Goddess Mahagauri in the form of Prasadam.
  • Doing this will get you the desired results, and girls will get a suitable groom.

 If there is no money, worship Mother Gauri

  • Offer Goddess Gauri a silver coin in a bowl of milk.
  • Then pray to Goddess Mahagauri for the wealth to always stay stabilized.
  • Wash and keep the coin with you forever.

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