Things To Know About Siddhidatri Puja
The 9th day of Navratri which falls in the Navami Tithi observes the worship of Goddess Siddhidatri. The word Navratri is derived from two words “Nav” meaning Nine and “Ratri” which means Nights. During these nine nights, nine forms of Durga are being worshipped. This is the last day of the Navratri festival.Ayudha puja and Kanya puja are also observed on this day.
SIDDHIDATRI PUJA (Navratri Puja)
On the ninth day of Navratri Goddess Siddhidatriwho is the ninth manifestation of the Goddess Parvatiis worshipped. As her name suggests she is the Goddess who imparts knowledge and all types of perfections(Siddhis) to her devotees.
According to the scriptures there are 8 types of Siddhis – Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakyamya, Inshitva, Vashitva. She is one of the glorious aspects of Navdurga.
ORIGIN OF SIDDHIDATRI PUJA (Navratri Puja)
Mythology says that Lord Shiva was blessed by Siddhidatriby giving all the eight Siddhis. During the beginning of the creation of universe, Lord Shiva worshipped AdiParashakti. The Devi was pure energy and had no for.
She thus appeared from the left half of Shiva. Lord Shiva was thereafter was also glorified by the name Ardhanariswar.
Appearance and Form (Navratri Puja)
Devi is depicted to be wearing red coloured saree and riding over lion. She holds lotus in the lower left hand, a shankha in her upper left hand, chakra in her upper right hand and a bulgeon in the lower right hand. She sits on a Lotus flower.
AUSPICIOUS TIME (Navratri Puja)
This Goddess is worshiped on the 9thday of Navratri. The tithi prevailing is Navami tithi.
“Om Devi SiddhidatryaiNamah”
Siddha GandharvaYakhsadyairasurairamarairapi |
Ya Devi SarvabhuteshuMaaSiddhidatriRupenaSamsthita |
KANYA PUJA (Navratri Puja)
Traditionally, Kanjak Puja or KanyaPujan is also being an important feature of these navratras.At the time of Pooja, the girl is considered to be an ‘avatar’ of Durga on earth and worshipped.
KanyaPujan or KanjakPujan is performed with a belief that young girls are the replica of Goddess Durga. The devotees invite girls at homes and offer ‘bhog’. The faith is that Goddess Durga, who is worshipped in nine avatars during Navratri, gets pleased by `KanyaPujan’.