Gowri Habba 2023: Gowri Habba is a Hindu festival honoring the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, Gowri or Gauri. It is celebrated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu one day prior to Ganesh Chaturthi. Gowri Habba is primarily celebrated by married women. On the day of Gowri Habba, women observe Swarna Gowri Vratha to seek the blessings of Goddess Gowri for a joyful married life. Goddess Gowri is a very fair complexion incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Date, Shubh Muhurat, and Vinayaka Sthapana Tithi for Ganesh Chaturthi in 2023.
On this day, Gowri, the mother of Ganesha and the wife of Shiva, is venerated for her ability to bestow courage and strength upon her devotees. On this occasion, the Swarna Gowri vrat is performed to appease the deity. Gowri Habba is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada, according to the Kannada calendar. Gowri Habba 2023 will be observed this year on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Date of Gowri Habba 2023
The date of Gowri Habba 2023 is Monday, September 18, 2023. On September 18, the Pratahkala Gowri Puja Muhurat will commence at 06:26 AM and end at 08:53 AM. The Tadige Tithi will commence on September 17, 2023 at 11:08 am and end on September 18, 2023 at 12:39 pm.
Gowri Habba Puja Vidhi
On this day, married women should take an early morning bath and don new clothing. The’sthapana’ of either jalagauri or arishinadagauri (a symbolic idol of Gowri made of turmeric) should now be performed by devotees.
The Goddess’s statue is mounted on a tray containing cereal (rice or wheat).
This puja must be performed with’suchi’ (purity) and’shraddhe’ (dedication).
The idol is surrounded by a mantapa ornamented with banana stems and mango leaves, and the Gowri is adorned with flowers. Recite the Katha and chant the Aarti in honor of Goddess Parvati.
Women conclude the ceremony by offering Bhog Prasad to the Goddess, after which they break their fast with fruits and dairy products in the evening.
During the festival, offerings are made of ‘baagina’, a packet of arshina (turmeric), kumkum, black bangles, black beads (used in the mangalsutra), a comb, a small mirror, a coconut, a blouse piece, dhaanya (cereal), rice, toor dal, green dal, wheat or rava, and jaggery sliced into cubes.
As part of the vrat, at least five baaginas are prepared, one of which is offered to Gowri and set aside. The residual Gowri baaginas are distributed to women who are married.
Gowri Habba Importance
Gowri, according to religious beliefs, is the incarnation of Aadhi Shakthi Mahamaya. She is Shakthi, Shiva’s consort. On Thadige, or the third day of the month of Bhadra, it is believed that Gowri visits her parents’ home like any other married woman. The following day, her son Ganesha appears to return her to Kailasa. In the North Indian provinces of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh, Gowri Habba is known as Hartalika. This festival honors the deity Parvati, also known as Gowri or Gauri.