The different manifestos of Goddess Durga are worshipped during the pious phase of Navratri with complete devotion. The eighth day of auspicious Navratri fasting is for Goddess Mahagauri and is also known as Durga Ashtami. These nine-days long festivities hold a different meaning each day. As the eighth way is for Goddess Mahagauri, this great is very important. When the Goddess Parvati was trying hard to obtain the attention from Lord Shiva, she was dark in complexion. In order to cleanse her body, Lord Shiva took holy water from the Ganges and thus her new and clean appearance was called Mahagauri. She helps the devotee to clear out the impure heart and shine brighter than before. (Also read: Navratri Special: How does fasting help to detoxify the body)
What is the process of offering prayer during Navratri fast?
After watering the Kalash, devotees offer fresh unboiled milk, sweets, fresh flowers to the Goddess. It is best to use jasmine flowers for worshipping the Goddess. The mantras are chanted to please the Gods and Goddesses for their divine presence. Lord Shiva and Brahma and the entire clan of Gods come to bless the devotee. If worshipped with complete devotion and dedication, the Goddess bless the devotee with happiness and sorted life. All the evil deeds of the devotee get washed off with pure dedication to the Goddess.
By chanting this pious mantra one can worship Goddess Mahagauri
Shwete Vrashe Samarudhah Shwetambar-dhara Shuchi |
Mahagauri Shubham Dadhyanmahdev-pramodada ||(Also read: Navratri Special: Amazing lunch options while you are fasting)
What is the significance of the eighth day of Navratri fast?
Each day of Navratri is as important as the other. The eighth day is for Goddess Mahagauri. She is very pure and divine in her appearance. This is another form of Goddess Parvati. She did great effort and hard penance to obtain Lord Shiva. As a result of which her complexion turned dark. When Lord Shiva acknowledged her dedication, he washed her with pure Ganges water. She then acquired such a divine beauty and complexion. THus, it also suggests that Goddess Mahagauri helps her devotees by washing off their internal impurities and bringing a new positive change in them.
What do we learn by worshipping Goddess Mahagauri?
The devotees who are observing fast on this day or during the complete period of nine days receives blessings from the Goddess. Her great worship and dedication show that nothing is impossible if done with pure heart. She teaches us to achieve the impossible. Besides this, she also showers love and affection on her devotees. She shows the righteous path to her devotees. In fact, she also teaches them the lesson of purity and morality. On this day, a special Ashthami Puja is performed to please the Goddess. Unmarried girls usually observe fast. They receive the blessings by the Goddess. (Also read: Navratri Special: Why should one eat Sabudana during Navratri fasts)