The eighth form of Nav Durga, Maa Mahagauri Is devoted on the 8th Day of Navratri. Who is Maa Mahagauri ? What is the story of Mahagauri? What is the significance of the Navratri eighth day? Here’s everything you need to know about the eighth form of Goddess Durga. You can also find the mantra and aarti of Maa Mahagauri here.
Who is Mahagauri?
Navratri’s 8th night is devoted to Maa Mahagauri She is the Goddess who denotes peace and endurance. She is calm and peaceful and exists in a peaceful style. The peace and compassion radiate from her blessings.
She is eight years old. She has three eyes. She has 4 arms with the fairest complexion of all the Durga Shaktis. The above-left hand is in Varada Mudra and the above-right hand has a tambourine. The lower left hand holds Trishul and the lower right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. She rides a bull and hence is also known as Vrisharudha.
It is believed that she is the most beautiful and glows very brightly. That’s the reason her name is Gauri. She is known as the 8th and most beautiful form of NavDurga. She is often dressed in a white or green sari and her ornaments are white and clean. She wears white clothes and hence is also known as Shwetambardhara. It is said that when the body of Gauri became dirty due to dust and earth while observing penance. Shiv made it clean with the waters of the Ganga then her body became bright like lightning.
Mahagauri can be seen in a temple at Kankhal near the pilgrim Centre Haridwar.
The story of Maa Mahagauri is closely related to Lord Shiva. It is said that Goddess Shailputri became Goddess Parvati after marrying the almighty Lord Shiva. She had obtained Lord Shiva as her husband after hard penance. During the time of hard penance, she turned black and dull. When Lord Shiva was impressed by her love and sacrifice, he washed her with pure Ganga water. After getting washed in Ganga water, her look was white and glowed like a pearl. After this reformation, the Goddess was named Mahagauri.
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah.
Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetambaradhara Shuchih,
Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadeva Pramodada.
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupena Samsthita,
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah.
Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam,
Simharudha Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashasvinim.
Purnandu Nibham Gauri Somachakrasthitam Ashtamam Mahagauri Trinetram,
Varabhitikaram Trishula Damarudharam Mahagauri Bhajem.
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam,
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam.
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Trailokya Mohanam,
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Mrinalam Chandana Gandhaliptam.
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.
जय महागौरी जगत की माया। जय उमा भवानी जय महामाया॥
हरिद्वार कनखल के पासा। महागौरी तेरा वहा निवास॥
चन्द्रकली और ममता अम्बे। जय शक्ति जय जय माँ जगदम्बे॥
भीमा देवी विमला माता। कौशिक देवी जग विख्यता॥
हिमाचल के घर गौरी रूप तेरा। महाकाली दुर्गा है स्वरूप तेरा॥
सती (सत) हवन कुंड में था जलाया। उसी धुएं ने रूप काली बनाया॥
बना धर्म सिंह जो सवारी में आया। तो शंकर ने त्रिशूल अपना दिखाया॥
तभी माँ ने महागौरी नाम पाया। शरण आनेवाले का संकट मिटाया॥
शनिवार को तेरी पूजा जो करता। माँ बिगड़ा हुआ काम उसका सुधरता॥
भक्त बोलो तो सोच तुम क्या रहे हो। महागौरी माँ तेरी हरदम ही जय हो॥