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What is Gaja Gowri Vratha? – Spiritual Importance of Gaja Gouri Vrata and Date in 2018

Gaja Gouri Vrata is observed in Bhadrapad month in South India especially in Karnataka. Gaja Gowri Vratha 2018 date is September 23. In some regions, it is observed on the Maha Navami day in Ashwin month (October 18, 2018).

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.

Story of Gaja Gowri Vratha

Sage Narada had advised Gandhari to perform Gaja Gauri Vrata for the welfare of her children. She is believed to have made an elephant from mud and performed the Vrata. But she did not invite Kunti and her son the Pandavas for the ritual.

Kunti felt sad about being ignored and her sons promised her that they will help her in performing 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.