On the 8th day of Navarathri, which falls on Ashtami. It is commonly referred to as Durgashtami and Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped on this day. Devotees may be seen fasting today like any of the other 9 days. Let us have a look into the top 10 significance of day 8 of navarathri.
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Significance of Day 8 of Navarathri
Mahagauri is a depiction of purity, austerity, and wisdom. Worshipping her is believed to help her devotees overcome obstacles in life.
Name of Goddess Worshipped on Day 8 of Navarathri
Navarathri day 8 Goddess is Goddess Mahagauri. In the name ‘maha’ means great and ‘gauri’ means radiant. The name refers to her fair and radiant complexion. Since she is always wearing white clothes she is also called Swethanbara dhare. She is also compared to the moon and white flower due to her fair complexion. Since she rides a bull she is also known as Vrisharudha.
Speciality of the Goddess Worshipped on Day 8 of Navarathri
Goddess Parvati is called Mahagauri due to her radiant and extremely glowing complexion. She has four arms where three arms hold a lotus, trishul, and drum while one hand is in a blessing pose. She is always wearing white clothes and rides and white bull.
The legend is that Goddess Parvati in a bid to marry Lord Shiva undergoes severe penance. Lord Shiva tests her in many ways including making her wait for a very long time. Happy with her patience he finally agrees to marry her but due to the vagaries of nature, she had lost her glow. So Lord Shiva unleashed holy Ganga on her and it washed away all the dirt. Thus Goddess Parvati became Mahagauri.
Colour on Day 8 of Navarathri
The Navarathri day 8 color is Sky Blue. It is a color depicting purity and peacefulness. It also refers to the color of the holy river Ganga. People are seen wearing this color to mark the occasion.
Sweets to be Offered on Day 8 of Navarathri
Navarathri day 8 naivedyam is Rice Payasam which is a sweet dish made from rice and milk. It is offered to the Goddess during prayer rituals.
Snacks to be Offered on Day 8 of Navarathri
Kadalai paruppu sundal is a navarathri day 8 snack offering. It is made from Bengal gram. Another snack item commonly offered is Motchai Kottai sundal which is prepared from Hyacinth beans.
Other Food Items to be Offered on Day 8 of Navarathri
Along with the said dishes, coconut, coconut rice and puliyodarai are also offered to Goddess along with milk as Navarathri day 8 bhog during puja rituals.
Flowers to be Offered on Day 8 of Navarathri
Rose, Maghizham (Spanish cherry flower), and Sampangi (tube rose) are offered to the Goddess along with the other navarathri day 8 offerings. The puja area is seen decorated with these beautiful flowers.
Rangoli on Day 8 of Navarathri
Rangolis in lotus design are made to mark the specialty of the 8th day of navarathri. Flowers are used to make beautiful rangoli designs at the entrances of the house before the puja rituals.
Raaga on Day 8 of Navarathri
The raaga on navarathri day 8 is Punnagavaralai. This raga is said to calm the mind and control anger. Devotional songs in this raga invoke the festive spirit to one and all.
The Belief on Day 8 of Navarathri
Goddess Mahagauri is believed to be very kind and grants the wishes of her devotees. On this day it is believed that donating coconuts to Brahmins fulfills the desire of childless couples. Those who worship her are freed from all the hardships of life. She is believed to govern the planet Rahu which is thought of as a malefic planet.
Goddess Mahagauri symbolizes peace and intelligence. She is the eighth avatar to Goddess Parvati. Mahagauri blesses spiritual seekers and removes the fear of rebirth by granting salvation. The rituals observed and celebrations made today mark the generosity of the Goddess.
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