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Gowri Habba is a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Gowri also known as Goddess Parvati. The day is celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. It is mainly celebrated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu. On this day Goddess Gowri, the wife of Lord Shiva and the mother of Lord Ganesha & Lord Subramanya are worshiped in India for her ability to bestow upon her devotee’s courage and power. She is the most powerful of all the Goddess and is the very incarnation of Aadhi Shakthi Mahamaya.
When Is It Celebrated?
This Festival falls in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, In the August or September according to English Calendar. It is believed that on the thirteenth day Thadige of the month of Bhaadrapada Goddess Gowri welcomed to her parents home like any other married woman comes to her parents’ house. The next day her son Lord Ganesha comes as to take her back to Mount Kailasa. The same festival is known as Hartalika Teej in Maharashtra and other states of North India. The Swarna Gowri vratha is performed on the occasion, to appease the Goddess Gowri.
How It Is Celebrated?
On this day, Hindu women observe fast make a symbolic idol of Gowri with the clay called Jala Gauri or arishinadagauri and bestow her for Puja to bless the husbands with longevity, prosperity and wealth. Some devotees also buy ready-made beautifully painted and decorated clay idols of Goddess Gowri along with Ganesha statues. Some people perform the puja at home whereas other at the relatives or friends houses some visit the nearby temples.
Women prepare a special puja plates with number of puja items also known as ‘bagina.’ The pooja plate consists of Kum Kum, turmeric, a mirror, comb, bangles, various cereals, coconut, fresh cloth, rice, jaggery, the 16-knot thread, flowers, 16 different green leaves and fruits.
The actual puja ceremony involves bathing the idol in milk, curd, ghee, honey, and water. Some people only perform the Aarti and recite the prayers. A 16-knotted thread is prepared for the puja which symbolizes the 16 long years of intense austerities performed by Goddess Gowri to obtain Lord Shiva as the husband. Some people tie this thread on their hands.
As part of the vratha, at least 5 baginas are prepared. One such bagina is dedicated to Goddess Gowri and set aside. The remaining baaginas are given to married women. Vrata and puja are to be performed with cleanliness and dedication.
It is believed that by performing this puja married women will have a healthy and peaceful family life and unmarried girls will get good husbands.