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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ganesh and Gauri Puja in Maharashtra during Ganesh Chaturthi

Gauri Puja is performed in many households during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Maharashtra. in 2010, Gauri Avahan in on September 14, Gowri Puja is on September 15 and Gouri Visarjan is on September 16, 2010. Goddess Gauri or Gowri is another name for Goddess Parvati, the mother of Ganesha. But in Gauri Puja during Vinayaka Chaturthi in certain parts of Maharashtra, especially in Pune, Goddess Gauri is the sister of Ganapati. Arrival of Goddess Gauri in homes is said to bring health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. Two idols of Goddess Gauri are brought home and worshipped and the arrival is regarded as the coming of the sisters of Ganesha.
The idols of Gauri are brought usually two days after the beginning of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is placed for three days – first day is the avahana, next day it is Satyanarayan puja and on the third day Gauri is immersed in water.
Legend has it that the two sisters follow Ganesha to the homes.
Gauri Puja is also considered as Upasana of Goddess Lakshmi in some regions.
Many Hindus might raise an eyebrow when they hear Gauri as sister of Ganesha. A Gauri Puja is held the day before or on Ganesh Chaturthi in Karnataka and in it Gowri is the mother of Ganesha. In West Bengal, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are sisters of Ganesha and all three are children of Goddess Durga.
Each region in India has an independent culture and most of these cultures are 5000 years old. Each region has developed its on way of interpreting the deities. But what is common in all regions is the basic idea – all idols are an attempt to give form to the Nirguna Parabrahman. Brahman cannot be defined but each individual has the freedom to make an attempt to define in it. The greatness of Sanatana Dharma lies in this freedom, respecting an individual’s quest to define Brahman and not in imposing ideas.
Shri Gauri Astottara Satanamavali or 108 names of Mangala Gowri is the stotram to recite during Gauri Puja, especially on Mangala Gauri Puja, Maha Gouri Puja or Shodasa Gauri Puja. Devotees recite Gouri Astottaram on every Friday.
Om Murari priyardhamgyai namah //55//
Om Putra poutra varapradayai namah
Om Punyayai namah
Om Krupa prurnayai namah
Om Kalyanyai namah
Om Anchit yayai namah
Om Tripurayai namah
Om Trigunam bikayai namah
Om Purushardha pradayai namah
Om Satya dharma ratayai namah
Om Sarva sakshinyai namah
Om Shashamka rupinyai namah
Om Sarasvatyai namah
Om Virajayai namah
Om Svahayai namah
Om Svadhayai namah
Om Pratyamgi rambikayai namah
Om Aaryayai namah
Om Dakshaenyai namah
Om Deekshayai namah
Om Sarvottamotta mayai namah
Om Shivabhinama deyayai namah
Om Sreevidyayai namah
Om Pranavardha svarupinyai namah
Om Hrinkaryai namah
Om Naada rupayai namah
Om Sundaryai namah
Om Shodashakshara devatayai namah
Om Mahagouryai namah
Om Shyamalayai namah
Om Chandyai namah
Om Bhaga malinyai namah
Om Bhagalayai namah
Om Matrukayai namah
Om Shulinyai namah
Om Amalayai namah
Om Annapurnayai namah
Om Akhilagama samstut yayai namah
Om Ambayai namah
Om Bhanukoti sandyatayai namah
Om Parayai namah
Om Seetamshu kruta shekha rayai namah
Om Sarvakala sumangalyai namah
Om Soma shekharyai namah
Om Amara samsev yayai namah
Om Amrutai shvaryai namah
Om Sukha sachi chudara sayai namah
Om Balyaradita bhutidayai namah
Om Hiranyayai namah
Om Sukshmayai namah
Om Haridra kumkuma radhyayai namah
Om Sarvabhoga pradayai namah
Om Markandeya varapradayai namah
Om Sree nityagouree devatayai namah //108//
Ithi Shree Gauri Astottara Shatanamavali Samaptam


  1. i had confused in relation of ganesh and gauri so realy thanks of this page i got details so thank u you very mush
    and ganpati chya hardhik subhecha

  2. hi vittal, is it possible for you to post entore procedure of gowri puja, like what do we do special.we have to do today and I am little confused..