Eighth Night - USA: Sept. 27th / INDIA: Sept 28th
Devi Mahagauri. Mahagauri is the Great Radiant Light. They say that it is darkest just before the dawn, and sure enough, the dark night of Kalaratri is followed by the shining brilliance of Mahagauri. Parvati is known as Kali because of Her dark complexion. After severe penance She bathed in the celestial waters of Lake Manasarovar and emerged fair as the moon, the color of conch or kunda flowers. Mahagauri literally means very white, and refers to shuddha sattva, transcendent purity, untainted by the qualities of material nature. She is visualized as having fair complexion, wearing a white sari, riding the white bull Nandi and carrying a trident and damaru-durm. She shows the mudras of granting boons and fearlessness. As the consort of Lord Shiva, She dwells in celestial Kailash, far above the crown chakra. She rules the planet Rahu. She is invoked and worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri (Durga Ashtami). Her worship burns all sins and impurities, leaving only the white ash so dear to Shiva and His devotees. The auspicious Mahagauri rains subtle blessings upon Her devotees.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री महा-गौरी दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī mahā-gaurī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 11
(Hymn to Narayani)
Color to wear: USA: sky blue / INDIA: pink