Celebrate This Maha Navami With Blessings Of Goddess Siddhidaatri

| October 18 , 2018 , 11:46 IST

Celebrations of Navratri are going on all around the country in full swing. Nights are lit with Dandiya festivities and enthusiastic mornings with Durga Bhajans. The old and young all are involved in the jubilation.

The last day or Maha Navami of Sharad Navratri celebrates the Goddess Siddhidaatri, popularly known as Maa Saraswati. The name Siddhidaatri literally means 'the giver of siddhi or enlightenment'.

Navratri comes four times a year and Sharad Navratri is the second most significant among the four. It lasts for nine nights and 10 days. It is a post-monsoon autumn festival.

According to the Hindu calendar, the festival falls in the month of Ashvin, which, according to the Gregorian or Victorian calendar, coincides with the months of September or October.

The themes of victory of good over evil are common in the folklore and stories attached to the festival of Sharad Navratri.

Different parts of India may have different versions of the mythological tales related to Navratri.

According to mythological beliefs, Lord Shiva worshipped Goddess Siddhidaatri and obtained ultimate enlightenment. When Maa Siddhidatri blessed Shiva with different 'siddhis', half of Mahadeva's body got comprised of Maa Siddhidatri. This avatar of Shiva fetched him the name of 'Ardha Narishwar'.

In this form, Durga is seated on a lotus and is four-armed. She holds a lotus, mace, Sudarshana Chakra and shankha. In this form Durga removes ignorance and she provides knowledge. She is surrounded by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Devas (Gods) and Asura (Demons) worshipping her.

The Siddhi that she provides is the realization that only she exists. She is the mistress of all achievements and perfections.

The colour of the day is pink. On this day, nine pre-pubescent girls are invited to Hindu households and are fed a special prasad.

The mantra to worship the Goddess is "Om Devi Siddhidatryai Namah॥"

ALSO READ: Navaratri Festival 2018: Know All About The Dates And Significance Of The 9-Day Festival

Navratri is a festival that celebrates the purity and authenticity of faith and devotion to Goddess Durga by its devotees.

It has not only been able to bring the citizens of the country together but has also involved people globally to celebrate Indian festivities.