The 9th day of Navratri which falls in the Maha Navami Tithi observes the worship of Goddess Siddhidatri. On Maha Navami Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasuramardini which means the Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon. It is believed that on Maha Navami day Durga killed the demon Mahishasura.
Siddhi means supernatural power or the ability to achieve a sense of the ultimate source of creation and existence and Dhatri means the giver. You would be now able to relate to what Goddess Siddhidatri can boon us with. If we worship her, we may get the ultimate power to realize the true existence. She is also said to help remove ignorance. 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
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
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.
This Goddess is worshiped on the 9thday of Navratri. The tithi prevailing is Navami tithi.
“Om Devi SiddhidatryaiNamah”
Siddha GandharvaYakhsadyairasurairamarairapi |
Ya Devi SarvabhuteshuMaaSiddhidatriRupenaSamsthita |
- Atma Pooja: Puja done for self-purification
- Tilak and aachman: Put tilak on forehead and drink holy water from palms.
- Sankalpa: Taking water in hand and making a wish in front of the Goddess.
- Aavahana and Aasan: Offer flowers
- Paadhya: Offer water to the Devi’s charan.
- Aachman: Offer kapoor (camphor) mixed water.
- Dugdha Snan: Offer cow milk for bathing
- Ghrita and Madhusnan: Offer ghee and honey for bathing
- Sharkara and Panchamritsnan: Offer sugar and the panchaamrita bathing.
- Vastra: Offer sari or cloth to wear.
- Chandan: Put Sandalwood tilak on the deity.
- Kumkum, Kajal, Druvapatra and Bilwapatra
- Dhoopa and Deepam