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9th day of Navratri (Maha Navmi)

The 9th day of Navratri also known as Maha Navmi is dedicated to the worship of Maa Siddhidarti, the 9th form of Goddess Durga. On this day, Durga Maa is worshiped as Mahisasura mardini which means the Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon. It is said that on Maha Navmi day, Durga killed the demon Mahisasura.

About & Significance:

Siddhidarti offers all types of Siddhis (perfection) to her devotees and so she is known by her name. Here “Siddhi” means perfection while “Datri” means the “one who gives”. Maa Siddhidarti rules over the planet Ketu. She is the governess of minds of people and motivates them towards a disciplined and spititual life. She eliminates all the ignorance, fear and sufferings her devotees’ lives and besides providing them knowledge, fulfilas all their desires.

According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva worshiped Goddess Maha Shakti to get all the Siddhis as blessings. With the gratitude of Goddess Siddhidarti, Lord Shiva attains the half body of Goddess Shakti and that’s why Lord Shiva is also known as “Ardhanarishvara”. Maa Siddhidarti is also known as Maa Lakshmi, who represents wealth, happiness and success. One can appease all the 8 forms of Goddess Lakshmi and bring wealth and prosperity to his/her life with Lakshmi pooja. Maa Siddhidarti is believed to have blessed the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadev with 8 of the ultimate divine powers called Siddhis.

Appearance:

Maa Siddhidatri sits on a lotus flower while her procession is a lion. She is dressed up in red clothes and has 4 hands. In her lower left hand, she holds a lotus flower while a Shankha in the upper left hand. She has the Chakra in the upper right hand while holds a bludgeon (Gada) in the lower right hand.

Pooja Vidhi:

Peacock green is the colour of the day and night blooming jasmine is the favourite flower of Maa Siddhidatri. Procure these fragrant flowers and offer Maa along with pooja done with devotion and concentration. One must do the Shodasopachar pooja and conclude it with Aarti praying for the welfare of the family. Since this is the last day of Navratri, the entire air is filled with a divine charm and a sense of fulfilment and jubilance. Rituals of th day pooja are:• The day sees 9 flowers, 9 different types of fruits, 9 different types of dry fruits, etc. and they are offered to the Goddess.
• The first thing to be done during the day is Kalash Pooja. This would remove all the negativities of the day. Worshiping a Meru Prushth Shree Yantra can also help remove negative energies.
• Then the mantra is chanted. In fact, it is chanted 9 times in some parts of the Country.
• Kanjak poojan is done now where 9 girls (usually below 10 years) are invited, given food and gifts. This is the symbol/way of worshiping Mata in Kanya form.
• At last, the Aarti of Maa Siddhidarti is done and the Kanyas (girls) conclude the celebration.
• On 9th Navratri, Ramleela functions also finish while on the 10th day, Dussehra is celebrated across the World.

Mantras:

Om Devi Siddhidatryai Namah.
Siddha Gandharva Yakhsadyairasurairamarairapi |
Sevyamana Sada Bhuyat Siddhida Siddhidayini ||
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Siddhidatri Rupena Samsthita |
Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namo Namah ||

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