Day 9 of Navratri is also called the Navmi Navratri and on this day we pray to Maa Durga’s Siddhidatri Avatar. The word Siddhidatri comes by joining two Sanskrit words “Siddhi” which means perfection while the word “datri” means one who provides or bestows. The word Siddhidatri does mean the Goddess who grants perfection in every activity.
She is draped in a red saree sitting on a Lotus flower which is completely bloomed. She holds weapons in all Her four hands. In her right upper hand, she holds a discuss on Her index finger. She holds a conch shell in Her left upper hand. She holds a mace in Her right lower hand and a lotus in Her left lower hand. Cladded in ornaments and a beautiful fresh flower garland around Her neck, Siddhidatri Devi looks extremely divine and beautiful in this form.
The origin of Navam Siddhidatri is awe-striking. When the universe was only a huge void totally brimming with dimness, there was nothing! No light, no species, no creation, no time, no nature. It was then that a beam of celestial light spread all over the place. This light was so divine and bright that it covered every bit of the void making it visible and lit.
This ocean of light was amorphous. After a few moments, this light abruptly began taking a specific shape which ultimately took the form of Goddess Mahashakti Herself. The Supreme Goddess brought into existence, the Trinity of Gods namely Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahadev. Mahashakti made the Trinity understand the reason for their existence.
She guided all the three Lords to observe and understand the respective part each one of them would perform along with their pre-determined set of contributions and responsibilities in order to fulfil their duties towards the world. Obeying the instructions of Goddess Mahashakti, the Tridev walked towards an ocean and in a seated position performed atonements for a very long period of time. Appeased with their dedication and obedience, the Divine Goddess showed up before them in Her most divine form which was of Siddhidatri Mata.
Goddess Siddhidatri gifted the Trinity abundantly with many Siddhis. In addition to this, she blessed Lord Brahma with a Spouse who was no other than Her own form, Goddess Saraswati. She then blessed Lord Vishnu with a consort who was again a divine form of Siddhidatri Mata Herself which was that of Goddess Lakshmi. She also blessed Lord Shiva with a consort who was gain one of Her most divine forms, Goddess Parvati.
She then assigned Lord Brahma the role of being the one who would create the world, she entrusted Lord Vishnu with the duty to preserve the creation and the creatures that She would produce and She assigned Mahadev with the job of devastating the universes when the time comes.
She also informed them that their powers reside in the form of their respective consorts and that their wives would assist them in performing the assigned tasks. She also assured them that She would be blessing each one of them with additional powers and Siddhis which will help them to complete their tasks.
With Her immense Teja (splendour), Goddess Siddhidatri created more other Gods, demons, demigods, the galaxies, universes, planets, solar system, flowers, the trees, the land, the water bodies, the animals, mountains, fishes, birds and everything that co-exists.
All the flora and fauna thus came into being and the fourteen worlds were established at the same time. Hence, in Her Siddhidatri form, the Goddess is seen worshipped by Asuras, Devas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, and all the other creations of the world.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ सिद्धिदात्री रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Translation: Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Siddhidatri Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
Meaning: Goddess Siddhidatri, you are present everywhere. I pray to you again and again.
- The vibrant and attractive Champa flowers are auspicious for offering to goddess Siddhidatri.
- On this day, offer Sesame Seeds to Goddess Siddhiratri.
Colour of the day
The colour for the seventh day is Purple which represents ambition, goal and energy.