What is Gaja Gowri Vrata? – Spiritual Importance of Gaja Gouri Vratha

Gaja Gowri Vrata is observed in Bhadrapad month in South India especially in Karnataka. Gaja Gouri Vratha 2016 date is September 15. In some regions, it is observed on the Maha Navami day in Ashwin month (October 10, 2016).

The importance of Gaja Gowri Vrata is mentioned in the Mahabharata and it is said that Gandhari, the mother of Kauravas, and Kunti, the mother of Pandavas, had performed it for the welfare of their sons.

Sage Narada had advised Gandhari to perform Gaja Gowri Vrata for the welfare of her children. She is believed to have made an elephant from mud and performed the Vrata.

It is said that to help Kunti perform the Vrata, the Pandava brothers Bhima and Arjuna, had brought Iravata, the white elephant of Lord Indra, to earth.

Apart from the rituals and offerings, Gaja Gowri Vrat Katha is listened to on the day by those performing the Vrata.

Gaja Gowri Vrata in Bhadrapad month in Karnataka coincides with the Anatha Chaturdasi Vrat.