Navratri 2023 Day: Eighth Day
Form of Durga Maa to worship: Maa Mahagauri
Colors to wear: orange or red, pink color
Maa Mahagauri’s Favorite Flower: Mogra
As the eighth manifestation of Adishakti Shri Durga, devotees worship Mata Mahagauri on the eighth day of Chaitra Navratri. Because of her exceptionally light skin, devotees refer her to Mahagauri. She had allegedly achieved Strong qualities through her stringent penance. Since then, devotees refer to her as Mata Mahagauri, who abducts physical, mental, and material heat and Ujjwala Swaroopa Mahagauri, Dhan Aishwarya Pradayini, and Chaitanyamayi Trilokya Pujya Mangala.
People also believe that Lord Shiva commanded the goddess to bathe in the Ganges after he was happy with her penance. Mata Ganga performed it, at which point Kaushiki, another manifestation of the Shyam Varna, emerged from her body. Another incarnation- Mata Mahagauri, emerged that resembled the brilliant moon. One can overcome all their troubles and sorrows if one honors the goddess. People unable to keep fast for all nine days of Navratri must sustain a fast on Pratipada and Ashtami Tithi. The person achieves the same outcome by doing this as by fasting for nine days.
Let us look at how to worship the goddess on the eighth day of Navratri.
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Devotees worship Mata Mahagauring on Mahashtami, the eighth day of Navratri. On this day, worshipers especially honor Mata Mahagauri. The Mahashtami Mahagauri Puja for Chaitra Navratri 2023 will be on March 29, Wednesday.
There are quite a few rituals for performing Puja Tithi of Maa Mahagauri, let us have a look.
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During Navratri, the devotion of Goddess Durga in her various manifestations has varying significance. Every devotee who properly worships Durga Maa in her eighth form on the eighth day of Navratri will have all their unfinished business resolved.
In addition, married ladies who worship the mother and present Chunri to the goddess on this day have longer marriages. Worshiping the goddess helps the devotees to get rid of a life filled with misery, pain, or difficulties. Instead of this, they would enjoy happiness and serenity as a result of worshiping the goddess. In addition, by honoring the goddess, a devotee’s home is never devoid of positive energy and is always a happy place.
Worshipers honor such girls with special Navratri presents on Ashtami Tithi after Mata worship, and people practice Kanya Puja in their honor. Devotees believe that the little girls are the manifestation of Goddess Shakti. They wash their feet and give them halwa, puris, black gram, and other food items. Moreover, the girls also receive a red scarf, bangles, and other tokens in recognition of their status as the heavenly embodiment of the goddess. The native then offers a prayer for the girls’ good fortune.
ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Mahagaurya Namah
श्वेते वृषेसमारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः।
महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेव प्रमोददा॥
Shvete Vrishesamarudha Shvetambardhara Suchi
Mahagauri Shubham Dadyan Mahadev Pramodda
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupen Sansthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
वन्दे वाञ्छित कामार्थे चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।
सिंहारूढा चतुर्भुजा महागौरी यशस्विनीम्॥
पूर्णन्दु निभाम् गौरी सोमचक्रस्थिताम् अष्टमम् महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्।
वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥
पटाम्बर परिधानां मृदुहास्या नानालङ्कार भूषिताम्।
मञ्जीर, हार, केयूर, किङ्किणि, रत्नकुण्डल मण्डिताम्॥
प्रफुल्ल वन्दना पल्लवाधरां कान्त कपोलाम् त्रैलोक्य मोहनम्।
कमनीयां लावण्यां मृणालां चन्दन गन्धलिप्ताम्॥
Vande Vanchit Kamarthe Chandrardhakrit Shekharam
Sinharudha Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashswinim
Purnandu Nibham Gauri Somchakrasthitam Ashtamam Mahagauri Trinetram.
Varabhitikaran Trishul Damrudharan Mahagauri Bhajem
Patambar Paridanam Mriduhasya Nanalankar Bhushitam
Manjir, Haar, Keyur, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam.
Prafulla Vandana Pallavadharan Kant Kapolam Trilokya Mohanam
Kamaniyan Lavanya Mrinalan Chandan Gandhaliptam
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सर्वसङ्कट हन्त्री त्वंहि धन ऐश्वर्य प्रदायनीम्।
ज्ञानदा चतुर्वेदमयी महागौरी प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
सुख शान्तिदात्री धन धान्य प्रदायनीम्।
डमरूवाद्य प्रिया अद्या महागौरी प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
त्रैलोक्यमङ्गल त्वंहि तापत्रय हारिणीम्।
वददम् चैतन्यमयी महागौरी प्रणमाम्यहम्॥
Sarvsankat Hantri Twanhi Dhan Aishwarya Pradayneem
Gyanada Chaturvedmayi Mahagauri Pranamamayham
Sukh Shantidatri Dhan Dhanya Pradayanim
Damruvadya Priya Adya Mahagauri Pranamamyaham
Trailokyamangal Twanhi Tapatray Harinim
Vaddam Chaitanyamayi Mahagauri Pranamamyaham
ॐकारः पातु शीर्षो माँ, हीं बीजम् माँ, हृदयो।
क्लीं बीजम् सदापातु नभो गृहो च पादयो॥
ललाटम् कर्णो हुं बीजम् पातु महागौरी माँ नेत्रम् घ्राणो।
कपोत चिबुको फट् पातु स्वाहा माँ सर्ववदनो॥
Omkar: Patu Shirsho Maa, Hing Beejam Maa, Hridayo
Kleen Beejam Sadapatu Nabho Griho Cha Padayo ॥
Lalatam karno hun bijam patu mahagauri maa netram ghraano
Kapot Chibuko Phat Patu Swaha Maa Sarvvadno ॥
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In accordance with the first legend, goddess Mahagauri was a Kanya, or a 16-year-old girl, who performed arduous penance to marry Lord Shiva. Mata performed tremendous penance for many years. Hence, her skin got in the dust, giving the impression that she had a darker complexion.
Her strict penance pleased Lord Shiva, who vowed to marry her. After this, her dirt and dust were removed with the help of the water of the river Ganga, which allowed her to regain her original complexion and give rise to the name Mahagauri.
Another story tells us about when two demons, Shumbha and Nishumbha, began wreaking havoc on the planet. And it was only possible for a celestial deity to stop them. Thereafter, on the instruction of Brahma ji, Lord Shiva turned Mata Parvati into a darker complexion. After performing tremendous penance, Goddess Parvati pleaded to the Lord to take back her original form.
The Lord then encouraged her to bathe in Mansarovar. Delighted with her prayer and penance, she attained her true form. This form of Mata is known as Kaushiki, and she later killed the demon Shumbha and Nishumbha.
Aries natives should recite Maa Durga Kavach and present vermilion to the goddess on Durga Ashtami.
On this day, Taurus natives should feed married ladies devoutly, within their means, and give them gifts.
Gemini natives must formally worship Maa Durga and recite her Beej Mantra.
On this day, Cancer men and women should honor young girls and make them happy by offering them gifts and other things.
On the day of Maha Ashtami, Leo people should give red-colored flowers to their mothers.
The Virgo zodiac sign should give Durga Mata gifts and fruits.
On this day, anyone born under the sign of the Libra zodiac sign should worship both the goddess and Lord Ganesha.
Scorpio men and women should recite Durga Saptshati.
On this day, Sagittarius natives should especially take care of women by feeding and pampering them.
On Chaitra Navratri 2023, Capricorn men and women should worship Maa Durga and perform Havan at home.
The people of the Aquarius zodiac sign should give gifts to the women and give gifts to the little girls to please them.
Pisces zodiac sign natives should fast for Maa Durga and must get a Havan done for her.
On the Day 8 of Chaitra Navratri 2023, devotees can do several things to obtain the goddess’ blessings, including Yajna, fasting, Kanya Bhoj, Sandhi Puja, offering crimson Chunri to the goddess, or presenting a red flag in a temple. In addition, because of Shani’s influence on Ashtami and Navami Tithi, Shani Dosh can also be removed by properly worshiping the goddess on this day.
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