mahagauri – the goddess of eight day

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Mahagauri  is the eighth manifestation of goddess Durga and amongst the Navadurgas. Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees. The one who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in life. Mahagauri has four arms. Her right arm is in the pose of allaying fear and right lower hand holds a trident in it. She holds a tambourine in her left upper arm and the lower one is in the form of a blessing.

माँ दुर्गाजी की आठवीं शक्ति का नाम महागौरी है। दुर्गापूजा के आठवें दिन महागौरी की उपासना का विधान है। इनकी शक्ति अमोघ और सद्यः फलदायिनी है। इनकी उपासना से भक्तों को सभी कल्मष धुल जाते हैं, पूर्वसंचित पाप भी विनष्ट हो जाते हैं। भविष्य में पाप-संताप, दैन्य-दुःख उसके पास कभी नहीं जाते। वह सभी प्रकार से पवित्र और अक्षय पुण्यों का अधिकारी हो जाता है।

The name Mahagauri means extremely white, as she was white in colour and very beautiful(Maha, महा = great; Gauri, गौरी = white). Mahagauri is usually depicted with four hands, 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, usually shown wearing white clothes.

इनका वर्ण पूर्णतः गौर है। इस गौरता की उपमा शंख, चंद्र और कुंद के फूल से दी गई है। इनकी आयु आठ वर्ष की मानी गई है- ‘अष्टवर्षा भवेद् गौरी।’ इनके समस्त वस्त्र एवं आभूषण आदि भी श्वेत हैं।

महागौरी की चार भुजाएँ हैं। इनका वाहन वृषभ है। इनके ऊपर के दाहिने हाथ में अभय मुद्रा और नीचे वाले दाहिने हाथ में त्रिशूल है। ऊपरवाले बाएँ हाथ में डमरू और नीचे के बाएँ हाथ में वर-मुद्रा हैं। इनकी मुद्रा अत्यंत शांत है।

The task for the assassination of demons after she has gotten her white complexion back runs as follows: For the killing of demonsShumbha and Nishumbha, it was important for Parvati to have an unborn female child, who would kill them. Hence, as advised byBrahma, Mahadev made her skin complexion black by his magic and also teased her as Kali. Getting agitated by this, Parvati did severe penance of Brahma to obtain her fair complexion. She succeeded in her penance and was advised by Brahma to take bath in Mansarovar River inHimalaya. As she took a bath, her dark skin separated from her and took the form of a female.

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