The Day 8 of Navratri festival is devoted to Maa Mahagauri, the eighth manifestation of Goddess Durga. Sharad Navaratri which began on September 21, 2017, will last until September 29. After the reverence of all nine forms of Maa Durga, the tenth day will witness grand celebrations of Vijayadashami and Dussehra festival on September 30. Coming back to the Mahagauri Puja on Ashtami tithi – it is considered one of the most auspicious dates during Navratri. On the same day, Durga Ashtami also known as Maha Ashtami will be celebrated. Navratri Colours 2017 For Each Date: List of all 9 Colours to Wear Every Day During Navaratri Festival to Please Goddess Durga.Also Read - Puri-Based Miniature Artist Makes Goddess Durga Idol With 275 Ice-Cream Sticks
The name Mahagauri means extremely white. She is described to be pristine white in colour and very beautiful. Due to her fair complexion Goddess Mahagauri is compared with the conch, the moon and the white flower of Kunda. She is depicted wearing white coloured clothes only because of that Devi Mahagauri is also known as Shwetambardhara. Also Read - Patna's Priest Keeps 21 Urns on His Chest to Observe 9-day Navratri Festival
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Just like Goddess Shailaputri, this avatar of Maa Shakti is also depicted mounting a bull, because of which she is also known as Vrisharudha. Devi Mahagauri is shown having four hands. She carries Trishul in one right hand and keeps the second right hand in Abhaya Mudra. She adorns Damaru (tambourine) in the one left hand and keeps the second left hand in Varada Mudra to give divine blessings to her devotees.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees. Individuals who worship the Maa Mahagauri are believed to get rid of all the sufferings in life. She is also believed to govern the planet Rahu, hence people must pray to her to get relief from bad effects of the said celestial body described in Hindu mythology. Devotees must offer night-blooming jasmine to Devi Mahagauri and chant this mantra: ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥ Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah.