New Delhi: Today is the eight day of Chaitra Navratri which is better known as Ashtami but this year both Ashtami and Navami are falling on the same day according to a Hindu calendar.Therefore people who are fasting today can break their fast tonight.
On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees worship the Maha Gauri form of Goddess Durga. She is an avatar of Devi Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva.
Unlike Kalratri, who is ferocious, Maha Gauri is calm and compassionate. She is depicted in white clothes and mounted on a bull. It is believed that anyone who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in life.
You can chant this mantra to seek Maa Maha Gauri’s blessings:
महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेवप्रमोददा॥
Shweta Vrishe Samarudha Shwetambardhara Shuchi
Maha Gauri Shubham Dadhyana Mahadev Pramodda