Day 9 marks the end of Navarathri. On this day Goddess Sidhidhatri is worshipped. Let us dive into the top 10 significances of this Navarathri day.
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Significance of Day 9 of Navarathri
Day 9 of Navarathri is dedicated to Goddess Sidhidhatri.
Name of Goddess Worshipped on Day 9 of Navarathri
The 9th day of Navarathri Goddess is called Sidhidhatri. Sidhi refers to meditative powers and Dhatri translates to a giver. She is known by a number of names such as Mahabhadra, Mahamaya, Varaprada, Padmakshi, Shivanuja, Kamarupa, etc.
Speciality of the Goddess Worshipped on Day 9 of Navarathri
Day 9 Navarathri Goddess Sidhidhatri is known to possess 8 siddhis that are Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishtiva, and Vashitva. She is the intellective form of Goddess Durga. Her story begins at a time when there was nothing but void. Goddess Kushmanda then created her using her smile. She then created the Trimurti; Lord Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. Lord Shiva wanted perfection bestowed upon him and so she created another Goddess Maa Sidhidarthi who could do it. She is part of the Tridevi; Saraswati, Parvati, and Lakshmi.
Goddess Sidhidhatri has four hands and sits magnificently on a lotus, her vehicle is a lion. She holds a chakra (disc or wheel) and a gadha (mace) in her two right hands and a sangu (conch) and lotus on the two left hands. Her left leg is folded with her feet touching the right thigh. The right leg is on the floor.
Colour on Day 9 of Navarathri
Navarathri day 3’s colour is pink. It represents hope, social upliftment and self-refinement. The fierceness of red when merged with the purity of white, pink emerges as the soulful amalgamation of nature much like Devi Siddhidatri. Devotees are seen wearing this color during the rituals and celebrations of the festival.
Sweets to be Offered on Day 9 of Navarathri
On day 9 of Navarathri a special dish called Akkaravadisal is prepared to offer the Goddess. It is made with milk, moong dal, white rice, jaggery, saffron, cashew and raisins. Gram and til payasam is also made as offerings.
Snacks to be Offered on Day 9 of Navarathri
White chana or groundnut sundal is made as the Navarathri 9th day bhog. Sundal is a healthy snack too and is made from lentils, nuts, and spices.
Other Food Items to be Offered on Day 9 of Navarathri
Other yummy offerings made to Goddess Siddhidatri during day 9 of Navarathri include halwa, puri and chana, fried gram or lentils, til (sesame) ladoos, and urad dal vada. All these can be seen arranged beautifully in thaalis and offered to the Goddess. Offering sesame seeds is considered very auspicious.
Flowers to be offered on Day 9 of Navarathri
Flowers offered to Goddess Siddhidatrii during the 9th day of Navarathri are lotus, marikozhundhu (marjoram), and any pink flowers.
Rangoli on Day 9 of Navarathri
A speciality of the 9th day of Navarathri is the rangoli made. It is different from other days because on this day shapes of weapons are drawn as rangolis or kolams. It is drawn using scented powders and is decorated with flowers.
Raaga on Day 9 of Navarathri
Devotional songs in the Vasantha raaga are the trademark of the 9th day of Navarathri. It is considered an auspicious raaga and is known to have derived from Mayamalavagowla.
The Belief on Day 9 of Navarathri
It is believed that worshipping Goddess Saraswathi evokes blessings of wisdom and destroys ignorance. 9 young girls are invited home and they are each considered a form of Durga. A special ritual called Kanya puja is performed in their presence. They are then given gifts and sweets. By praying to Goddess Siddhidatri, devotees are blessed with peace and prosperity. This is the concluding day of Navarathri pooja and therefore is celebrated with much fanfare. It is believed the Goddess will bless her devotees with long life and good health.
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