The eighth day of Navratri Puja falls on Maha Ashtami Tithi (eighth day of the waxing phase of moon) in the month of Ashvin (September – October).
Goddess Maa Mahagauri Devi (Navratri 8th Day)
On the eighth day of Navratri, Ma Mahagauri is worshipped. Mahagauri is always in her sixteenth year. The term Gauri signifies that she is the daughter of Giri or mountain. She rides on a bull holding a trident in her hands along with a damaru. She wears white clothes and her face is resplendent like that of a cool moon showering benign blessings on her devotees.
Story of Ma Mahagauri
Once, Ma Durga had taken birth on the earth and wished to get back to her divine abode by marrying Lord Shiva. Therefore, as advised by sage Narad, she undertook a severe penance to please Lord Shiva. As she was totally immersed in the penance, her body was covered by dust and dirt. She forgot all about eating or drinking anything and continued her severe meditation. The scorching heat of the sun blackened her body and she thus remained for thousands of years. Lord Shiva was highly pleased with her devotion and he showered the Ganges on her body making her shine so brilliant and glorious like a white saphatik (crystal). The form of Mahagauri is thus effulgent, white and very pleasing to meditate on.
Ma Mahagauri puja importance
Ma Mahagauri is the ruler of the planet Rahu. She removes all the afflictions caused by the unfavorable position of Rahu in horoscope and blesses the devotees with material prosperity and spiritual attainments. She removes confusions from the mind and instills hope and confidence to lead a successful life.
Ma Mahagauri puja on Navratri 8th Day
The best flowers to use for the worship of Maha Gauri are night blooming jasmines. Do the eighth day puja of Navratri to Mahagauri with sincerity and dedication. Start the puja with Ganesh prarthna and do shodasopachar to Ma Mahagauri concluding the puja with arati.
Navratri Eighth Day Mahagauri Mantras
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah
Om Devi Mahagauryayi Namah Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetaambardhara Shuchih
Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadev Pramodadaa
Ma Mahagauri Prarthna on Navratri 8th Day
Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetambaradhara Shuchih
Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadeva Pramodada
Ma Mahagauri Stuti on Navratri 8th Day
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
Ma Mahagauri Dhyan on Navratri 8th Day
Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam
Simharudha Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashasvinim
Purnandu Nibham Gauri Somachakrasthitam Ashtamam Mahagauri Trinetram
Varabhitikaram Trishula Damarudharam Mahagauri Bhajem
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Trailokya Mohanam
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Mrinalam Chandana Gandhaliptam
Ma Mahagauri Stotra on Navratri 8th Day
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
Ma Mahagauri Kavach on Navratri 8th Day
Omkarah Patu Shirsho Maa, Him Bijam Maa, Hridayo
Klim Bijam Sadapatu Nabho Griho Cha Padayo
Lalatam Karno Hum Bijam Patu Mahagauri Maa Netram Ghrano
Kapota Chibuko Phat Patu Swaha Maa Sarvavadano
Importance of eighth day Navratri puja
The Mahagauri puja on the eighth day of Navratri blesses the devotees with invincible powers and a lot of merits. She destroys the distresses and worries of her devotees and blesses them with virtues. The devotees get all the prosperities on the earth to lead a life of fulfillment.
Ma Mahagauri is the governess of perfection. She fulfills all the desires of the devotees and gives them the greatest comfort and happiness.
The eighth day Navratri puja is also the second day of the Saraswati puja as this day is also called as the Maha Ashtami day.