ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Ma Mahaguari is the eighth Shakti of Ma Durga. In many parts of India Durga Ashtami is celebrated very devotedly. There are formation of big pandals (a fabricated temporary structure) in which big statues of Ma Durga are placed and worshiped. This practice is more common during Sharad Navaratri (which shall begin from 1st October this year -2016) though.
Ma Mahagauri is known so because of her very white glowing complexion she has. Ma Mahagauri is manifestation of Ma Parvati. When Ma Parvati did a hard penace to beget Lord Shiva as her husband, she had become very frail and due to the dust and sun her complexion also became very dark. Lord Shiva asked Ma Parvati to take a bath in River Ganga, and river Ganga starts flowing from the matted hair of Shiva on Ma Parvati. Lord Shiva touches Ma Parvati and with the sacred water of Ganga, Ma Parvati gets a shinning white glowing body. Thus by virtue of having acquired a white complexion, Parvati came to be known as Mahagauri. Mahagauri means extremely fair. The white complexion of Ma Mahagauri is compared to the conch, the moon and the white jasmine flower .
Ma Mahagauri is depicted seated on a bull and because of that she is also known as Vrisharudha (वृषारूढ़ा) She has four hands and is wearing white clothes. She is also known as Shwetambardhara (श्वेताम्बरधरा). Sometimes also depicted wearing green saree. Her upper right hand is in Abhaya Mudra and in her lower right hand she is holding a trident. In her upper left hand she holds a damaru (tambourine) and lower left hand is in Varada Mudra.
As Navratri enters into the eighth day, a very important day for Sadhaks starts as the energy have now lifted. White means all possible colors mixed together energetically. The Sadhna done on this day gives instant results, so every Tattva Shakti Sadhak and Sadhika should not miss the Sadhana of this day. The Panchtattva Sadhana should be done by contemplating on swaroop of Ma Mahagauri continuously with a calm and focused mind. The Sadhana has the power to wash away all previous bad karmas too. Ma Mahagauri Sadhana takes care of the future too, as the Sadhak starts feeling fearless towards the future and feels taken care of always. The Sadhana is not only beneficial on spiritual realms but also on material realms. The Sadhak gets a clear vision of life and also does good and honest deeds. Ma Mahagauri represents purity and this is what she expects from her devotees…. purity in thought and deeds. The one who qualifies the test of purity Ma Mahagauri gives instant results to him/her and fulfills all his/her desires. She rids the Sadhak’s mind from any doubt that crops up while doing Sadhana and makes the path of Sadhana smoother and easier.
Many times during these eight days in the context of many aspects of Shakti we have said things like ‘She destroys all past karmas’ .. ‘She fulfilled all desires’…. ‘She gives many siddhis..’ and it is quite natural for some of you to think.. which deity I should choose for such and such desire. Well the rule is.. ‘ekai saadhe sab sadhe… sab saadhe sab jaay’. If you aren’t seeing a common current in all swaroopas of devi then you miss the point. The most appropriate way of approaching to divine goddess is asking for her very devotion because through her devotion only she channelizes you to Shiva. This is the best desire. If you get that you will get all.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
I prostrate at the lotus feet of my Guru who is always there with me in my journey.. I bow down to the divine current ‘Aadi Shakti’ who take form of different loving Goddess. My prayers “May you receive all the divine grace from Goddess in this New Year.”
– Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath