The ninth and the last day of Navratri festivities end with the worship of the ninth manifestation of the Goddess Durga, the Goddess Siddhidatri. ‘Siddhi’ means ‘achievements’ or ‘perfection’ and ‘datri’ means ‘the one who gives’. So, when Maa Siddhidatri is revered by her devotees with full faith, then she blesses them with powers and positive energy.
The ever victorious, Maa Siddhidatri is also known as Goddess Laxmi, hence she is the symbol of wealth, happiness and success.
In her physical appearance, Maa Siddhidatri sits on a lotus flower and rides on a lion. She has four arms. In her right upper hand, she holds chakra and in her right lower hand, a mace (gada). She holds a lotus flower in her left upper hand and a conch shell (shankh) in her left lower hand.
Siddhidatri is the ultimate form of Shakti or the ‘female goddess’ who is worshiped by all other gods. Mata Siddidatri has achieved all the 8 siddhis and is thus half the body of Lord Shiva. According to the Markandeya Purana, the eight siddhis are: Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Ishitwa and Vashitwa. Goddess Siddhidatri governs all these siddhis and a person who prays to the Goddess on this day attains all these powers. When we see Lord Shiva in the Ardhnareshwar avatar, half his body is comprised by Mata Siddhidatri.
According to Hindu Mythology there is a story behind the origin of Maa Siddharthi which is depicted below:
According to the Devi Puraan, the Supreme Lord Shiva worshipped Maa Siddhidatri to obtain great power and achieved all eight siddhis. To offer gratitude, soon after receiving the blessings from Maa Siddhidatri, Lord Shiva turned half of His body in the form of Goddess Shakti. This form of Lord Shiva is known as ‘Ardhanarishvar’. This manifestation of Maa Durga removes darkness from the devotee’s life and makes way for positivity in all aspects of their lives. This is the major reason why all demons, Gods and sages devote themselves to seek Her blessings.