Mahagauri

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Mahagauri
Mahagauri Sanghasri 2010 Arnab Dutta.JPG
Devanagari महागौरी
Affiliation Avatar of Durga/ Adi Parashakti
Weapon Trident, Damroo(tambourine)
Consort Shiva
Mount Bull

Mahagauri (Devnagari: महागौरी) 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.[1] 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.

Etymology[edit]

The name Mahagauri means extremely white, as she was white in colour and very beautiful. (Maha,महा = great, extreme; Gauri गौरी = white colour)[2] She wears white clothes and rides a white bull.

According to a story, once the goddess Parvati performed intense penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. During this period her body got covered with soil and turned black in colour. After a long time Lord Shiva got pleased with her penance. He gave her a boon that, she will become His wife soon. Then, Lord Shiva cleaned goddess Parvati with water from Ganga, and saw her skin shining like gold and thus he named her Mahagauri. That is why he named her Mahagauri. She is one of the nine goddesses. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hindu Astrology (2011-09-28). "Mahagauri | Durga Pooja Ashtmi Tithi". Astrobix.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Mahagauri.com, Maha Gauri - The 8th Incarnation of Goddess Durga". Mahagauri.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

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