The ongoing Navratri 2018 festival is one of the most elaborate and prominent festivals celebrated by Hindus all over the country. The day 8th of Navratri is known as Ashtmi or Durga Ashtami and holds a lot of importance in the traditional Hindu culture. During Navratri, nine incarnations of goddess Durga are worshipped and celebrated. Among these nine avatars, the eighth one is of Maa Mahagauri. Also Read - Navratri 2017 Day 8: Worship Maa Mahagauri, the Eighth Form of Goddess Durga

Figured as sitting on a cow in a serene white look, Maa Mahagauri is the calmest and most beautiful manifestation of Goddess Durga. The goddess is the symbol of purity, tranquility, and serenity. Also Read - Navratri 2015 Day 8: Worship Maa Mahagauri, Goddess of wisdom and power

In some parts of the country, the day is celebrated as Astra Puja. This means that many consider the eighth day of Navratri auspicious to worship their tools. This is because the weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped as the symbol of female strength and women empowerment.

Maa Mahagauri Puja Vidhi
The puja vidhi on the eighth day of Navratri is quite special. In many households, the goddess is worshipped in the form of young girls, also known as kanjaks. Nine young girls, who haven’t yet reached puberty, are welcomed at homes. They are made to sit in a line, after which a holy dhaaga (kalava) is tied onto their wrists, their feet are cleaned and their foreheads are adorned with the holy tilak. Then, they are served the specially cooked prasad, constituted of halva, puri and black grams. Along with the food, the girls are also given some money as a token of thanks and respect. They are worshipped as the young avatar of Mahagauri.

Blue is the colour of the day. The light shade of blue is considered pure and peaceful and therefore, on the eighth day of the Navratri, wearing blue is considered auspicious.

Maa Mahagauri Mantra
Vande Vanchit Kamarth Chandrardhkrit Shekharam

Sinhruda Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashswanim
Purnandu Nibhan Gauri Somchakrastithta Ashtam Mahagauri Trinetram
Varabhitikaran Trishool Damroodharan Mahagauri Bhajem
Patambar Paridhanan Mriduhasya Nanalankar Bhooshitam
Manjeer Haar Keyoor, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam
Praful Vandana Pallavandhara Kaant Kapolan Trailokya Mohnam
Kamniya Lavanya Mrinal Chandangandhliptam.

Maa Mahagauri Stotr Path
Read the following stotr path while worshipping Maa Kalratri:
Sarvasankat Hantri Twahi Dhan Aishwary Pradayneem
Gyanda Chaturvedmayi Mahagauri Pranmabhyaham
Sukh Shantidatri Dhan Dhanya Pradayneem
Damruvadya Priya Adya Mahagauri Pranmabhyaham
Trailokyamangal Twahi Tapatrya Harineem
Vadadn Chaitanyamayi Mahagauri Pranmamayaham.