Day-9: Siddhidatri Devi:
Ninth day is Navami and is also called as ayudha puja. It is celebrated to Goddess Siddhidatri. This form of mother provides Siddhi or Knowledge and removes ignorance.
She sits on the white lotus. She is surrounded by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Demons and Gods in the posture of worshipping her. This form of Durga possesses four-arms and she carries mace, the lotus, the conch shell and disc in her four hands.
Devotees who worship her to attainsalvation after enjoying all the pleasures of life. She fulfills all the divine aspiration and destroys all distress of her devotees. This day is also called as Saraswathy Pooja.
When the universal mother was
gripped the idea of projecting Creaction , First she created Lord Shivaand bestowed eighteen kinds of rare perfections and power and potentialities.
With this Powers Lord Shiva inturn created Lord Vishnu who inturn created Lord Brahma. They got the duties like Destruction, Protection and Creationrespectively.
Maa Siddhidatri is a supreme power to all Gods. Lord Brahma prayed to Maa siddhidatri that creation is more difficult position. So Maa Siddhidatri created arthanatheswar that is half Lord Shiva and half Lord Parvathi.
Devotees prepare Pulihora and Garelu as Naivedyam and present it to God and then provide it to family, friends, relatives as prasadam.
Siddhidatri Temple is located at CK 7/124, Siddheshwari mohalla, Varanasi. You can visit Mata temple and get her darshan and blessings.