Goddess Maa Gauri is eighth form of Devi durga. She is majestically worshiped on eighth day of Navratri pooja. Her complexion is completely white, so she is revered with name ‘Gauri’. She denotes peace and endurance. She is represented with four arms seated on a vrishabha (bull). Her upper left hand holds trishul. Lower right hand carries damru and other two hands are in different mudras. It is believed that this manifestation is of parvati when she did hard penance to obtain her Shiva due to which her body color turned dark. When lord Shiva accepted her great devotion he washed her body with pure Ganga water that made her body completely gour (white). And this way, she became prominent with name ‘Gauri’ and consort of mahadev.
Worshipping goddess Maa Gauri during eighth day of Navratri is immensely fruitful. With her grace, the entire dirt of soul gets washed. She cleans dregs from heart of her worshippers and makes them pious. Offering invocation to this almighty makes worshiper sacred.
Ashtami Poojan is considered as Maha pooja during Navratri. This day is celebrated with whole of heart and devotion inclined toward Devi Maha Gauri. During ashwin shukla ashtami, the Mata Gauri Poojan is performed. She is accomplished with worship of both goddess Gauri and Shankar (lord Shiva). Her worshipers are never returned with empty hands from asylum of goddess Gauri. Grand worship, customs and rituals are performed during ashtami of Navratri pooja to delight this deity. Variety of blessed foods is also offered to this goddess. On the sacred occasion of ashtami pooja, kanya Poojan are also done to please goddess of nav durga. Nine little girls are invited at home of worshipers and are fed varieties of delicious sweet dishes. Devotees pay the bet homage to nine little girls is considering them nine forms of nav durga. These rituals accomplish their pooja and gives blessings of nav durga.
By heartily worshiping this goddess, previous sin and influence of wrong deeds of worshipers get vanished. With her blessing, worshipper gets the divine perfection of universe. She is the symbol of truth and purity. She is the true goddess of generosity and morality. It especially fruitful for unmarried girls and married woman. Worshipping her unmarried girls gets desired husband and married woman enjoy peaceful and long married life. Show your dedication and true devotion toward glorified goddess Maa Gauri and achieve divine happiness in life. Jai Maha Gauri!