New Delhi, Sep 27: Durga Asthami or the eight day of Navratris is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri. As per the scriptures, Mahagauri worshiped as the four-armed deity who rides on a bull or a white elephant. She carries a trishul and a damru. When Parvati decided to go on an austere penance to beget Lord Shiva as her consort, she renounced all comforts and lived in a forest for deep meditation. Her meditation continued for several years - braving heat, cold, rain, and terrible storms. Lord Shiva, impressed by her deep penance, appeared before her and showered the holy water of the Ganga over her. The Gangajal washed off all the dirt. She regained her natural beauty, and came to be known as Mahagauri. Goddess Mahagauri is offered coconut as bhog by devotees. It is widely believed that donating coconuts to the Brahmans on Ashtami, blesses a childless couple with a child. Here are the best wishes, sms, posters to wish your dear and near ones:
-May Goddess Durga bless you with lots of prosperity, happiness, wealth and good fortune. May your Durga Puja be full of joy.
-May Goddess Durga fill your life with joy and happiness. May she turn all your dreams into reality this Durga Puja.
-May Maa Durga bestow You and your family with 9 forms of blessings Fame, Name, Wealth, Prosperity, Happiness, Education, Health, Power and Commitment.
-This Durga Puja, may you be blessed with good fortune As Long As Ganeshji's trunk, Wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, Happiness as sweet as his ladoos And may your trouble be as small as his mouse.