One of the most widely celebrated festivals of the Hindus, Navratri, is celebrated in India and various other parts of the world, to pay reverence to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. The 9 day long festivities come to an end on Navami (Day 9), which falls one day after Ashtami (Day 8). This year, the Ashtami and Ram Navami will fall on the same day, that is April 4, 2017.
Day 8: Worship Goddess Mahagauri
Goddess Mahagauri is the eighth manifestation of Goddess Durga, who came into existence when Goddess Parvati devoted herself to Lord Shiva, and underwent a deep meditation to marry him. Pleased with her unswerving devotion, Lord Shiva sprinkled Holy Ganga jal on her which took off all dust from her body and she glowed milky white, thus earning the name MahaGauri. She represents the calm, serene and pure manifestation of Goddess Durga. Dressed in a white saree, she mounts a bull, and radiates a peaceful aura. She is the bestower of inner peace, and eliminates all kinds of sufferings from the life of her devotees.
Importance of Day 8
The Navratri Day 8, so people celebrate it with glee. Puja is performed according to the specified rituals and people pray to Goddess Durga to grant their wishes and end their sufferings of the mundane world. Kanya Pujan is done to pay respect to the feminine deity. One can utilize this auspicious day to appease Goddess Durga and ensure a bright life for themselves with her blessings.
The ninth day of Navratri has another noteworthy facet. It celebrates the birth of the seventh incarnation of Lord vishnu, Lord Rama, and hence cleped Ram Navami. Lord Rama, also known as Maryada Purushottama, was the human Avatar, who demolished the evil demon king Ravana, and rescued his wife. Being a human with high moral virtues, Lord Rama is venerated by devotees with unswerving zeal and devotion. People observe fast, visit Ram Mandir (temple), recite Ramayana and perform puja rituals, to be bestowed with the divine favour of Lord Rama on Ramanavami.
We wish you a very happy Navratri, and hope that all your efforts during this Navratri prove fruitful and you enjoy the divine blessings of Goddess Durga.