Navaratri Day 8 – Goddess MahaGowri
In this form, Durga is four-armed and she rides on a bull or a white elephant. She carries a trishul and damaru. Two hands are in blessing posture. She is pure and believed to have been in the form of Maata Parvati when she did penance to get Shiva as her husband. Purity is depicted in this form of Durga. MahaGowri form of Durga is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri.
History of MahaGowri
Goddess Parvati made up her mind to perform an austere penance as advised by Sage Narada so that she might beget Lord Shiva as her husband. So, she renounced all the comforts of the palace and started performing penance in the forest.
Her severe penance continued for many years. She braved heat and cold, rains and drought and terrible storms. Her body was covered with dust, earth, soil and leaves of trees. She had developed a blackish skin over her body. At last, Lord Shiva appeared before her and gave his solemn word that he would marry her.