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Devi Mahagauri is a serene, beautiful form of Goddess Parvati who is extremely beautiful and radiant. She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri Pooja and is the graceful among the nine Durgas. As her appearance is golden and illuminating, she clears negative forces and thoughts from her devotees and offers her divine grace upon them.
Devi Mahagauri is depicted with a fair complexion like that of a conch or jasmine. She has four arms; her upper right hand holds a trident and her lower right hand is in Vara mudra. Her upper left hand holds a Damaru (hand drum) and her lower left hand is in Abhay mudra which abolishes fear from the minds of her worshippers. She is adorned with jewelry and a huge headdress which adds to her grace and beauty. She rides on a bull and her majestic, golden appearance symbolizes prosperity and abundance.
According to mythology, Goddess Parvati underwent severe penance to have Lord Shiva as her consort, due to which she turned dark and frail. Seeing her perseverance and pure devotion, Lord Shiva agreed to marry her and washed her with holy water from the Ganges. Upon this, her complexion turned golden and radiant. Since then she is called as Mahagauri.
Devi Mahagauri symbolizes austerity denoting that no fruitful result can be tasted without putting in hard work and efforts. She also personifies purity and devotion, who can dispel any dreg from the hearts of her devotees.
Devi Mahagauri is mostly worshipped by women for auspiciousness and prosperity in a festival called as Gauri Habba. The festival is celebrated all over India for both abundance of crops and seeks protection for her female devotees.
Devi Mahagauri Mantra & Benefits
Adoring Devi Mahagauri on the eighth day of Navratri Pooja by offering special rituals and chanting this mantra can bestow fertility, health and wealth. As Goddess Parvati got married to Lord Shiva after severe penance, unmarried girls worship Mahagauri on this day to get suitable partners.
Offering banana and coconut to Devi Mahagauri on the eighth day of Navratri Pooja can bless you with your desires and divine happiness.