Ninth Day of Navratri - Maa Siddhidatri
'Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu, Maa Siddhidatri Devi Rupen Samshthita |
Namashtashyi Namastashyi, Namastashyi Namo Namah ||'
'To that Devi, who are present in all forms is abiding in the ninth form of Maa Durga known as Maa Siddhidatri Devi, Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her, Many Salutations to her again and again.'
On the ninth day, Goddess Siddhidatri is worshiped. She is the Ninth manifestation of Goddess Durga. Her name ‘Siddhi’ means achievements and ‘Datri’ means giver i.e. the goddess who provides siddhi to her followers. So, Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped by her devotees and followers with complete faith and she blesses them with divine positive energy and spiritual powers to meet the inner pure form of oneself.
Chaitra Navratri Ninth Day Date: 26th March, 2018 (Monday)
Goddess Siddhidatri is also known as Goddess Laxmi among her followers. She is considered to be the symbol of success, wealth and happiness. She sits on a lotus flower and her ride is a lion. She has four arms. She holds a chakra in her right upper hand and a mace (gada) in her lower right hand. She has a lotus flower in her left upper hand and conch shell (Shankh) in her left lower hand.
Navratri 2018 Ninth Day Colour: Purple
Navratri 2018 Ninth Day Bhog : Various types of grains
Navratri 2018 Ninth Day Daan : Kheer Pudi
She is the ultimate form of Shakti and is worshipped by all other gods. She is also worshipped by Asura, Yaksha, Gandharva and Siddha. It is believed that she achieved all the eight siddhis and also have half the body of Lord Shiva. If you take a look into images of Lord Shiva in his Ardhnareshwar avatar, you can see that half of his body is comprised by Goddess Siddhidatri. It is said that Lord Shiva worshiped Goddess Siddhidatri to get half of his body as that of Goddess Siddhidatri. According to the Markandeya Purana, the eight siddhis are: Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Ishitwa and Vashitwa.
‘Ashtami Pujan’ is basically considered as “Maha Puja” during the days of Navratri. This hopeful day is vivaciously celebrated with whole heart and faithfulness minded toward goddess maha gauri. During ‘Ashwin Shukla Ashtami’ the pray called maha gauri pujan is performed. Maha gauri poojan is completed with worship of both Shankar (lord Shiva) and Gauri. Sticking towards maha gauri is truly superior. Goddess Maha Gauri’s worshippers are never returned with vacant hands from the asylum of Goddess Gauri. Customs, grand worships, donations and rituals are performed during the Ashtami of Navratri pooja to charm this Goddess.
The person who prays this goddess on the ninth day of navratri attains all these powers. The procedure of worshipping Goddess Siddhidatri varies from place to place. In north, she is worshipped on the last day of Ramleela functions. On this day, it is said that Lord Rama killed demon Ravana and rescued Goddess Sita from his confinement.
On this day, people invite nine girls to their homes and feed them with the prashad to seek their blessings from all the nine manifestations of goddess Durga. It is advised that you wear purple to attain siddhis on this divine day. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Siddhidatri can give you all source of occult powers and every kind of achievements. Her power and glory are infinite. The ninth day is the final day of Navratri when devotees break their long seven days fast and successfully complete the Navratri festival.