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Goddess Siddhidatri Story – Why Is Maa Siddhidatri Worshipped in Navratri

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The final and ninth form of Maa Durga, who is Siddhidatri Devi, is worshipped on the last of Navratri, a celebration that lasts for nine whole days and each day is dedicated to one form of Maa Shakti. Goddess Siddhidatri’s other name is Ardhnarishwar, for it is believed that Lord Shiva’s one side of the body is composed of Siddhidatri, hence Ardhnarishwar, meaning ‘half female God’. What more interesting facts and stories about Devi Siddhidatri are there? Aren’t you curious? Let us get started right ahead and know more about the goddess Siddhidatri story, the appearance of Siddhidatri Devi, her origin, and the answer to why is Maa Siddhidatri worshipped on ninth day of Navratri.

Who Is Siddhidatri Devi?

Devi Siddhidatri’s name is made of two syllables, Siddhi and Datri. ‘Siddhi’ means wisdom or mystic, supernatural power. ‘Datri’ means the one who gives, the provider. Thus, she is the one who grants wisdom to the world. 

According to scriptures and the goddess Siddhidatri story, Devi Siddhidatri is one of the supreme goddesses, praying to whom Lord Shiva received his blessings or siddhis.

Appearance Of Siddhidatri Devi

Like other forms of Maa Durga, the appearance of Siddhidatri Devi includes four hands as well. On one hand, she holds a mace and a lotus in the other. There is a conch shell held in her third hand and a discus in the fourth. She is commonly shown to be seated on a lion or a bloomed lotus.

Goddess Siddhidatri Story

The goddess Siddhidatri story with her origin and after that is very grand and interesting. It is said that when the first source of extremely bright and powerful energy filled the universe and human figures manifested themselves, she was Mahashakti, the supreme. She made Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh, also known as Trimurti, and entrusted them with the responsibility of managing the world but didn’t tell them exactly how and what they were supposed to do. 

So, the three gods sat together and did Tapasya (penance) to please Mahashakti to make them aware of their roles. This is when Devi Siddhidatri appeared in the form of Maa Mahashakti, appeased from all the praying. She gave the three gods, their female counterparts, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati, who as per Devi Siddhidatri, are actually the powers associated with each god.

She gave them their respective roles, Brahma to be the creator, Vishnu to be the preserver of the creation, and Shiva to be its destroyer when needed. She was also the one to grant them their Siddhis that they’ll use for the fulfillment of their duties, which are namely, Mahima, Anima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishtiva, and Vashtiva. 

Apart from that, Maa Siddhidatri also bestowed them with various other supernatural powers. It was by her initiation that the world we live in currently came into being. Her siddhi is the ultimate achievement of wisdom and there is no other form of energy, other than her. She is the source and sink, she is the creator and owner of all the perfections in the world.

Why Is Maa Siddhidatri Worshipped On Ninth Day Of Navratri?

The reason why is Maa Siddhidatri worshipped on ninth day of Navratri is to receive the blessing of greater fortune and good luck in her devotees’ lives. Celebrated just before the day of Vijaya Dashami, Maa Siddhidatri’s worship is accompanied by several havans dedicated to her and people feeding nine unmarried girl children as the nine forms of Maa Durga.


As the festivities of Navratri come to an end with Maa Siddhidatri’s worship on the ninth and last day, we hope everyone is enjoying and celebrating this festival with great enthusiasm and happiness. Maa Durga will definitely bless her followers and devotees for their constant devotion and respect for the supreme power, as considered in the Hindu religion.

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