Eighth Day of Navaratri Dedicated to Goddess Maha Gowri form of Durga
by Mantra & shlokas on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:12pm
The eighth day of Navratri of great significance and is dedicated to the Goddess Maha Gowri. Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Maha Gouri. Gowri or Gouri is another name of Goddess Parvati. The day is also the second day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri. Durga Ashtami Puja is held on this day in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of India. Goddess Bagala, Narayani and Bhadrakali form of Durga are also worshipped on this day in many parts of India.
In Maha Gowri form, Goddess Durga is depicted as having four hands and she rides a Bull. In this form, Gowri is believed to have done penance to get Lord Shiva as husband.
Durga Ashtami Puja is observed on this day in many parts of India mainly in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and other eastern parts of India.
Bagala and Narayani form of Durga is worshipped mainly in Gujarat and Maharashtra on the day. Bhadrakali form of Durga is worshipped mainly in Kerala.
These final days belong to Saraswati Maa who is worshipped to acquire the spiritual knowledge. This in turn will free us from all earthly bondage. But on the 8th day of this colourful festival, yagna (holy fire) is performed. Ghee (clarified butter), kheer (rice pudding) and sesame seeds form the holy offering to Goddess Durga Maa.