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Durga Puja 2021: Significance of Goddess Mahagauri Worshipped on Ashtami

This year Ashtami Tithi falls on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. It will start on October 12, 2021, at 09:47 pm and end on October 13, 2021, at 08:07 pm.

Navratri: Goddess Mahagauri to be worshipped on Ashtami (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Goddess Mahagauri will be worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri (Ashtami) on Wednesday. Mahagauri is considered to be the eighth incarnation of Goddess Durga. 

The name ‘Mahagauri’ means the one extremely bright. She mounts on the ox. Mahagauri appears in many forms. A member of the Minto Road Puja Committee in Delhi, said, “We make special bhog for Ashtami. We also offer Halua Puri after a special Puja. 

Devotees are allowed in limited numbers as we are following COVID-19 guidelines issued by DDMA. “The celebrations of Sharad (autumn) Navratri involve worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine forms.

For the Bengali community, which celebrates Durga Puja that starts with Shashti, the sixth day of the festivities, Durga Ashtami is also referred to as Mahashtami. On this day, the Chamunda incarnation of Goddess Shakti is venerated. It is believed that the goddess appeared on this day and annihilated Mahishasura’s demon associates Chanda, Munda, and Raktabija.

On the eighth day of Navratri, Hindu devotees worship Maa Mahagauri. According to the folklore, Goddess Parvati had to perform penance in order to get Lord Shiva as her husband. While undergoing that, she had to face a lot of hardships like survive on leaves, stay in wild forests and due to such conditions, her complexion turned black. Later, when Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife, he bathed her with water from the Ganges which turned her complexion back to normal. This is why she is known as Mahagauri.

Shardiya Navratri begins from the first date of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month, in which the divine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped for nine days. However, this year Navratri will last only for eight days, which have started on October 7 and end on October 14.

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