Updated: Mon, 03 Oct 2022 08:17 AM IST
THE NINE-DAY-LONG festival of Navratri is here and devotees across the country are celebrating it with great fun and excitement. People also observe fast and worship nine avatars of Goddess Durga during the nine days of Navratri. On the eighth day of Navratri, Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped and this day is also known as Mahashtami. This year, Navratri 2022 started on September 26 and will end on October 5 with Dusshera.
Goddess Mahagauri is compared with the conch, the Moon, and the white flower of Kunda. The mount of Goddess Mahagauri and Goddess Shailputri is a bull and therefore they are known as Vrisharudha. Goddess Mahagauri is depicted with four hands. She carries Trishul in one right hand and keeps the second right hand in Abhaya Mudra. She adorns Damaru in one left hand and keeps the second left hand in Varada Mudra.
Goddess Mahagauri is auspicious, and protects as well punishes according to the deeds of the people. Goddess bestows with spritual enlightenment and grants salvation.
Navratri Day 8: Shubh Muhurat
The Durga Ashtami will begin at 06:47 PM on October 02 and conclude at 04:37 PM on October 03. The timings for Sandhi Puja are from 04:13 PM to 05:01 PM. If you want to do Saraswati Pradhan Puja, the timing for Purva Ashadha Puja Muhurat is from 07:31 AM to 01:09 PM on October 03.
Navratri Day 8: Colour
The auspicious colour for Navratri Day 8 or Ashtami Tithi is Peacock Green.
Navratri Day 8 2022: Puja Rituals
- Devotees should take early bath and wear clean clothes.
- In many houses and temples Havan is organised.
- Idol of Goddess is placed near Kalasha.
- Offer Pan and Supari to Goddess.
- Flowers are offered, preferably Gurhal flower.
- Deepak of ghee is lit in front of the idol.
- Shri Durga Saptshati Path is recited.
- Mantras of Maa Mahagauri are chanted.
- Aarti is performed and Bhog is offered in the morning as well in the evening.
Navratri Day 8: Strota
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