Navaratri is one of the most important festivals celebrated throughout the country. During the nine day festival, different forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped on each day. On the eighth day of navaratri, Goddess Maha Gowri is worshipped. She is the eighth form of Goddess Durga.
Goddess Mahagauri is the clean and bright ray of lightening that lights the universe. She has the power to fulfull all the desires of her devotees who worship her with devotion. She is none other than Goddess Parvati who after performing hard penance for thousands of years had become very weak and her body was covered with soil and turned black in colour. Then Lord Shiva was pleased with her penance and married her and cleaned her with water from the Ganges and saw her skin shining like gold and he named her Maha gowri. She is the affectionate and calm form of Goddess Durga.
Mantra for worshipping the Goddess
Ya devi sarva bhuteshu maa gauri roopena sansthitha
namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaha
shrete vrishe samrudha shretambradhara shuchi
maha gowri shubham dghyan mahadeva pramodada
Sarva sankata hantri twahim dhan aishwarya praday neem
gyanada chatur vedmayi maha gowri pranamabhyam
sukh shanti datri dhan dhanya pradayineem
damruvagh priya aghya maha gowri pranamabhyam
trelokya mangal twahim taptriya harinam
vadand chaitanya mayi maha gowri pranamabhyam
Goddess Maha Gowri is worshipped on the eighth day of navaratri. This is also the second day of Saraswati puja , so the devotees worship books which are the source of knowledge. Also women are worshipped in many parts of the country on this day. Many households display a collection of dolls depicting legendary stories on this day.
It is believed that devotees who worship her with devotion will be blessed with peaceful life and burn all their sins.