We have reached the last day of the auspicious nine-night festival, Navratri 2017, which commenced on September 29. On the final day, the devotees will worship the ninth form of Goddess Durga – Maa Siddhidatri. Her name literally translates to the one who grants or fulfils every kind of wish; Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and Dhatri means the one blesses or gives that power. After worshipping the nine manifestations of Maa Shakti, the tenth day will be celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra on September 30. Navratri Colours 2017 For Each Date: List of all 9 Colours to Wear Every Day During Navaratri Festival to Please Goddess Durga.Also Read - Puri-Based Miniature Artist Makes Goddess Durga Idol With 275 Ice-Cream Sticks
The iconography of this form Durga is described as Devi seated on a huge, fully-bloomed lotus and rides a lion. Maa Siddhidatri is shown four-armed, holding Gada (mace) and Sudarshana Chakra in her right hands while a lotus and Shankh in her left hands. Devi Siddhidatri is shown surrounded by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Asura (Demons) and Devata(Gods) who are worshipping her. Also Read - Patna's Priest Keeps 21 Urns on His Chest to Observe 9-day Navratri Festival
In this form Durga, Siddhidatri removes the ignorance of her devotees and provides them with the knowledge. According to the religious texts, Maa Siddhidatri is the Goddess who possesses and bestows all type of Siddhis (Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishitva and Vashitva) to her devotees. It is believed that even Lord Shiva got all Siddhis by her grace. Lord Shiva got the title of Ardhanarishvara after Goddess Siddhidatri appeared from his left half. Also Read - 45-Foot-Tall Eco-Friendly Idol of Goddess Durga Installed at Pandal in Hyderabad | See Pics
Mata Siddhidatri is said to provide direction and energy to planet Ketu and hence devotees suffering from bad effects of planet Ketu must worship her as she governs the celestial body. Individuals observing her fast must offer her night-blooming jasmine as they are her favourite while chanting this mantra, ॐ देवी सिद्धिदात्र्यै नमः॥ Om Devi Siddhidatryai Namah.