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On the ninth day of Navratri Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped. This is the last day of the festive where the ninth form of Goddess Durga is worshipped by the devotees. Goddess is regarded to impart knowledge to the faithful ones.[/caption]
Goddess Siddhidatri, the ninth form of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the last day of nine divine nights or Mahanavami. This Goddess can be seen surrounded and worshipped by men, demons, Gods and yakshas. She is the giver of all siddhis (perfection) and ready to bestow happiness on her followers. Goddess is regarded to impart knowledge to the faithful ones.
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‘Siddhi’ means supernatural or spiritual powers and ‘Dhatri’ means the one who gives. All her devotees who worship her sincerely get her blessings to receive Siddhi. On this fortunate day Kanya Puja is performed where girls up to the age of 12 are invited and are offered blessed food.
Goddess Siddhidatri symbolises prosperity, joy and triumph. It is written in mythology that Lord Shiva’s devotion towards Maa Siddhidatri blessed him and he attained half male body and other half female body. Thus Lord Shiva is also known as Ardhnarishwar.