Durga Ashtami: Maa Mahagauri puja, Kanjak puja timings

Durga Ashtami: Maa Mahagauri puja, Kanjak puja timings

On the eighth day of Navratri, Mahagauri is worshipped. The 9-day long festival of Chaitra Navratri began on April 13 and will end on April 21, Ram Navami respectively. Different forms of Nav Durga are prayed to during the nine days of festivity.

Durga Ashtami: Maa Mahagauri puja, Kanjak puja timings
Durga Ashtami: Maa Mahagauri puja, Kanjak puja timings

On the eighth day of Navratri, Mahagauri is worshipped. The 9-day long festival of Chaitra Navratri began on April 13 and will end on April 21, Ram Navami respectively. Different forms of Nav Durga are prayed to during the nine days of festivity.

MAHA GAURI IS WORSHIPPED ON DAY 8 OF CHAITRA NAVRATRI

On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees worship the Mahagauri form of Goddess Durga. She is an avatar of Devi Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva. Unlike Kalratri, who is ferocious, Maha Gauri is calm and compassionate. She is depicted in white clothes and mounted on a bull. It is believed that anyone who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in life.

The goddess in this avatar has four hands, and her right arm is in the pose of allaying fear while right lower hand holds a trident in it. In her left upper arm, Mahagauri holds a tambourine (damaru) and the lower one is in the form of a blessing. She is mounted on a bull, lion or tiger.

The hands holding a trident, lotus, and drum, while the fourth is in a blessing gesture. The lotus is sometimes replaced with a rosary. She rides a white bull and is seen wearing white clothes.

Her weapons include Trident, Tambourine (Damaru), Abhayamudra, Varada mudra respectively.

DURGA ASHTAMI PUJA TIMINGS

Chaitra, Shukla Ashtami
Begins – 12:01 AM, Apr 20
Ends – 12:43 AM, Apr 21

CHANT MAHAGAURI MANTRAS

ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥

श्वेते वृषे समारुढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः।
महागौरी शुभं दघान्महादेवप्रमोददा॥

Shweta Vrishe Samarudha Shwetambardhara Shuchi
Maha Gauri Shubham Dadhyana Mahadev Pramodda

DHYANA MANTRA

पूर्णन्दु निभां गौरी सोमचक्रस्थितां अष्टमं महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्।
वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥

Poornandu Nibhaan Gauri Somachakrasthitaan Ashtaman Mahagauri Trinetraam
Varaabheetikaraan Trishool Damaroodharaan Mahagauti Bhajem

Mahagauri is white in colour, therefore the name – Maha means great and Gauri stands for the colour white.

Jai Mata Di!

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