The Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri holds immense significance for the followers of Goddess Durga. During this festival, people worship nine different forms of Maa Durga. On the ninth day of Navratri, Maa Siddhidhatri is worshipped. Maa Siddhidhatri is the ninth form of Goddess Durga. On this day, prayers are offered to this form of Durga. The goddess is represented with four hands holding a disc, a conch, a trident and a mace. The goddess is seated on a fully blossomed lotus or a lion. The day is also observed as Ram Navami. The day marks the birth of Lord Ram on Earth.
The ninth day of Chaitra Navratri, also known as Ram Navami, is observed on April 10 this year.
Followers of Goddess Durga pray to Maa Siddhidhatri for their wishes to be granted. This form of Durga is known to bestow healing on all. Siddhi refers to superhuman powers that are obtained through meditative processes. Dhatri means the giver or the rewarder. Therefore, Siddhidhatri means the giver of powers.
The form of Durga is often linked with the Ardhanareshwar Swaroop, which is half Shiva and half Parvati. One side of Mahadev is believed to be Goddess Siddhidhatri. According to the Vedic scriptures, Lord Shiva attained his powers by praying to Maa Siddhidhatri.
The ninth day of Chaitra Navratri also marks the birth of Lord Ram. It is believed that Rama was born at noon on the ninth day of Chaitra. Ram is one of the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu.
The puja vidhi for Ram Navami consists of 16 steps which are part of the Shodashopachara puja vidhi. These include meditations on Lord Ram, chanting, offerings of flowers, and offerings of food and water to the deity.