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 Siddhidatri; who is the ninth manifestation of the NavaDurga is 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 Navadurga.
ORIGIN OF SIDDHIDATRI PUJA (Navratri Puja)
Mythology says that Lord Shiva was blessed by Siddhidatri by 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 9th day of Navratri. The tithi prevailing is Navami tithi.
“Om Devi SiddhidatryaiNamah”
Siddha GandharvaYakhsadyairasurairamarairapi |
Ya Devi SarvabhuteshuMaaSiddhidatriRupenaSamsthita |
KANYA PUJA (Navratri Puja)
Kanya Pujan or Kanjak Pujan 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’.