New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Maa Mahagauri is the eighth avatar of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the eighth night of Navratri. When Goddess Parvati underwent a penance or Tapasya in the forest to get Lord Shiva, she developed a dark complexion. After the Lord accepted her devotion, he purified her body by washing her in the river Ganges and she regained her beauty. Thus, she was named ‘Mahagauri’ meaning extremely white. Maa Gauri is peaceful, calm and bright, she glows like white crystal.

It is believed that she shed her colours to assume the form of Kali to kill demons such as Chanda Munda, Shumbha, Raktabeeja and Nishumbha.

Goddess Mahaguari sits on her vehicle bull or white elephant. She has four arms: one hand holds a Trishul, Damaru while other hands in Abhaya and Varada mudra provide blessings. She is the goddess of mortality and kindness and signifies some who purifies the soul by washing away the sins. She leads us to the path of virtue and self-actualization. The goddess is compared to the moon and adorns herself in white clothes known as Shwetambara.

Puja Vidhi:

We begin the eighth night of Navratri by worshipping Goddess Kaalratri and performing sacred puja.

Take a clay pan, pour three layers of mud and grain seeds in the pan.

Add water to provide moisture to the seeds.

Keep Ganga Jal in a Kalash (pot) and place akshat, coins, betel nuts and durva grass at the base. Cover it by mango leaves and coconut.

Dhyan Mantra:

Ya Devi Sarvbhutesu Maa Gauri Rupena Samasthitha |

Namastasyai Namestasyai Namestasyai Namoh Namah ||

White colour is preferred on day 8 of Navratri. It contains all the other colour spectrums and signifies the purity of mind, body and soul. It connects us to our higher self, beyond the material world. Coconut is offered to appease Goddess Mahagauri. She blesses us with peace and prosperity.

Posted By: James Kuanal