Goddess MahaGauri is one of the nine forms of NavDurga or Nine Durga. She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri – the nine divine nights dedicated to fierce Goddess Durga. Thus, she is an aspect of Goddess Durga. Her complexion is completely white, and hence, she is called Gauri. The legend of MahaGauri is related to Hindu God Shiva and Parvati. Parvati did penance for thousands of years to convince Shiva to be her husband. Performing tapas for such a long time caused her skin to be covered with mud and dirt. Shiva then cleansed her body with the water of the Ganges and Parvati’s form that appeared was glowing white. This form came to be known as MahaGauri. She is believed to fulfill all the wishes of her devotees. She is depicted as four-armed, seated on a bull, holding trident, conch, and two headed-drum.
Devi Mahagauri is a serene, beautiful form of Goddess Parvati, who is extremely beautiful and radiant. She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri Pooja and is the graceful among the nine Durgas. As her appearance is golden and illuminating, she clears negative forces and thoughts from her devotees and offers her divine grace upon them.As name suggests, Goddess Mahagauri is extremely fair. Due to her fair complexion Goddess Mahagauri is compared with the conch, the moon and the white flower of Kunda (कुंद). She adorns white clothes only and due to that She is also known as Shwetambardhara (श्वेताम्बरधरा).
Goddess Mahagauri is believed to be the 16-year-old unmarried form of Goddess Parvati. She represents purity, calmness, wisdom and austerity.
‘Gauri’ also signifies that she is the daughter of Giri (mountain). Mahagauri defeats all evil forces from creation. She also helps a devotee overcome the evil forces within.
Benefits of having Goddess Mahagauri painting
Devi Mahagauri symbolizes austerity denoting that no fruitful result can be tasted without putting in hard work and efforts. She also personifies purity and devotion, who can dispel any dreg from the hearts of her devotees.
Devi Mahagauri can bestow fertility, health and wealth.Mahagauri defeats all evil forces from creation. She also helps a devotee overcome the evil forces within.
The Artist – Pieter Weltevrede
Pieter Weltevrede- is a Master “Sacred-Artist” based out of the Nederlands. After a many years of guidance, under his guru Late Harish Johari a successful author, a gifted painter and sculptor, a lifetime scholar, an inspiring teacher, a splendid cook, an ayurvedic massage miracle, etc., Pieter embarked on his own journey amalgamating ancient Indian knowledge with his own western sensibilities evolving an art form that appeals to todays international audience. He has been practising his art form from the last 40 years now.
His original paintings are in water colours on silk with a wash-technique that gives them a very three-dimensional feel. The complexity and detail in his works are a super-human endeavour as he continues to live a mundane life travelling between the Western World and India.
Printed on coated matt paper by inkjet printer, using ultra chrome inks with an off-white paper mounting with golden border, and encased inside a fibre frame with acrylic sheet cover in the front.