Mata Mahaguari Pooja: Benefits, Importance, Significance and Story
Day-8 of Navratri is dedicated to Mata Mahagauri. She is worshipped by devotees to grant happiness and peace and to allow them to keep their past behind them and take a new day with a new stride without failing at it.
Story of Mata Mahagauri
Mahagauri Mata is the eighth goddess to be worshipped in Navratri. She is a symbol of brightness and peace. The name Mahagauri means extremely white. Maha means extremely and Gauri means white. The story behind her existence was that after Kaali had killed Raktabeej and had calmed down to become Parvati, she still had a black skin tone. She wanted to get rid of the color, so she worshipped Lord Brahma. He gave her a boon to take a holy dip in the Mansarovar river and gain back her original form.
The black skin of Parvati became a Shakti Swaroop called Kaushiki and the extremely fair complexion attained by Parvati kept her name Mahagauri. Meanwhile, Kaushiki killed Dhumralochan who was another budding demon with an aim to create restlessness on Earth. After killing Dhumralochan, she went to merge with Chandi and Chamunda to hunt down Shumbha and Nishumbha.
After all the killings and establishment of peace, all the forms of Parvati and Durga combined together with Mahagauri to make a wheatish complexion named Gauri, another name for Parvati.
There is one more reference that states that Lord shiva wanted to provide a worship form for the dark-skinned people, so he secretly turned the color of Parvati to Black and called her Kaali and Shyama, both meaning black in color, playfully.
Parvati did not find it a funny idea and was really angry. She went to talk to Lord Brahma about this who told her to take a dip in the Mansarovar river and redeem her skin color. She did get a lot fairer and was named Mahagauri due to her blinding white aura. But soon she felt to preserve the dark skin and gave it a shakti form called Kaushiki. Layer, she merged all her formats and became Gauri from Mahagauri.
Mahagauri rides a white bull, wears a white saree, holds a white lotus in one of her hands, a white kamandal in the second hand, a white trident in the third hand, and the fourth hand is for blessing the devotees.
Benefits of Mahagauri Pooja:
- To gain an atmosphere of peace and sanity
- To hold auspicious and rich thoughts about human existence
- To gain endurance against everything happening in the world
- To clean your heart from malicious thoughts and actions
- To remove malice from your heart and make your kids pious
- To gain a peaceful atmosphere for you and your loved ones
When is Mata Mahagauri Pooja?
Mata Mahagauri Pooja is observed on the eighth day of Navratri. In 2022, this Pooja is done on 03rd October 2022.
Where is Mata Mahagauri Temple?
Mata Mahagauri Temple is located in two places in Varanasi. The original one is located at the Vishwanath Ghat, Vishwanath Gali in Varanasi, and the other one is located at Bhelupur, Near Assi Ghat, Bhelupur. Book your Mahagauri Mata Pooja today only with Rudraksha Hub.