Navratri - Day 9 – Goddess Siddhidatri

Goddess Siddhidatri
Goddess Siddhidatri is the ninth form of NavDurga who is worshipped on the ninth day of Navratri. On this final day of pooja, the goddess is revered with great dedication remembering their prayers for each of the nine days. The ninth form Siddhidatri is the final manifestation of Shakti and is paid homage for gaining all Siddhis. This includes wellbeing, health, protection from evil, courage and wealth. This truly resonates in her name ‘Siddhidatri’ – one who bestows all siddhis.

She looks magnificent sitting on the lotus, radiantly smiling with her bright eyes. She has four arms, each of them holding a piece which signifies the Siddhis. Gada – to protect from all evil and diseases, Chakra – to keep the enemies away, Conch-shell – to bring in the positive waves in life with its sound and Lotus flower- the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity.  She wears a red saree which is an ominous colour in Hinduism. She rides on her vehicle Lion. Worshipping her on the final day of Navratri marks successful completion of devotee’s offerings, prayers and penance during the Navratri.

She is said to be bestowed with eight powers of Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishitva and Vashistva.  Anima is to be able to reduce oneself to a singular atom, Mahima is to expand oneself, Garima is becoming one with more weight of glory, Laghima is becoming weightlessness to float on air, Prapti is to be able to access all places, Prakambya is ability to manifest things into reality, Ishitva is to reach higher and Vashistva is ability to defeat and conquer all.  It is said that Siddhidatri devi blessed Lord Shiva with all the Siddhis which were required to run the universe. It is this when the half female form was realised by Lord Shiva as ‘Ardhanareshwar’.

She governs Ketu providing the direction, energy and guidance to the planet and its effects on humans. She is renowned as the supreme goddess of power – ‘Adi-parashakti’.  She is worshipped by Humans, Ghandharva, Asuras, Yakshas, Siddhas and even Gods.

Goddess Siddhidatri is revered for ultimate perfection and harmony in life.  With her blessings one can achieve glory, physical wellbeing, and mental agility to accomplish things and peace and joy to enjoy life. Achieving siddhi enables a man to enjoy glory and recognition for his work. With the grace of Goddess Siddhidatri all the wishes can be fulfilled for a content life. Each of the nine days are important. The final day of Navratri also signifies the end of the Navratri during which the devotees offer their unwavered dedication and reverence seeking blessings for better life and pardon for their sins. On the ninth day the devotees perform Yagna, Maha puja and other celebrations to mark the culmination of their reverence to NavDurga.

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