final day of Navratri. Mother Siddhidatri po...ssesses twenty six siddhis. ‘Siddhi’ is a
Sanskrit term which means ‘perfection, accomplishment, attainment or success.’ The term ‘siddhi’ is first used in the Mahabaratha. The Panchatantra describes it to be any unusual skill or faculty or capability. The Manusmriti refers it to a settlement of a debt. The Siddhars or Sithars in Tamil have developed siddhi
from in the Shaivite tradition. This would be posted as a separate piece in the days to come.
After having worshipped the eight Durgas in an
appropriate manner on the ninth day devotees undertake her worship. After the
completion of Goddess Siddhidatri's worship the devotees and strivers get their
desires mundane or otherworldly fulfilled. But the main thing is this that there
remains no such desire in a favourite devotee of Siddhidatri which he may want
to fulfill. Such a devotee transcends all material desires and necessities.
Spiritually he moves in the divine abode of the Devi and always drinks the
nectar of her favour. He becomes completely devoid of lust and enjoyment. The
absolute nearness of the goddess becomes the only aim of his actions. After
acquiring this position there remains nothing for him to require.
There are many tales of the goddess in the form of Mahalakshmi that are very well
known. Some people believe that the worship of the Goddess Laxmi should be done
with her mate Vishnu, however she is usually worshipped with Lord Ganesha. She
is the goddess of Tantra, Mantra, Yogic accomplishments achieved by means of
spiritual practices in the form of Supernatural powers as well as worldly
accomplishments. Generally Siddhidatri is considered as the goddess of Wealth
however she is also the goddess of Beauty, Arts, accomplishment of worldly
desires and the Sciences.
DEPICTION: Goddess Siddhidatri has four arms.
She holds a Chakra in her right lower hand and a mace in the upper. In the left
lower hand there is a conch and in her upper left hand a lotus flower. She is
seated on a lotus flower with the lion as her mount. Mother is dressed in red
sari and that is her traditional dress. She wears a crown of many ornaments.
SIDDHI: Goddess Siddhidatri is capable of giving all sorts of occult
powers and is also the possessor of 26 different wishes to grant her worshipers.
All these achievements, the Siddhis, which according to the MARKANDAYE PURANA
are:- Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakaamya, Ishitva and Vashitva
are 8 siddhis. Usually, a purnayogi or siddhar in the path of Kundalini Yoga is
said to possess eight of these major siddhis. Notwithstanding, these teachings
and the acquirement of siddhis are considered highly secretive in the hands of
the gurus and sadhaks. Indeed they hardly speak about their blessings.
The Yogi can become as minute as he pleases;
This is the opposite of Anima. He can become as big as he likes. He can make his body assume
a very large size. He can fill up the whole universe. He can assume a Virat Svarupa ;
He can make his body as light as cotton or feather.
Vayustambhanam is done through this Siddhi. In Jalastambhanam also the power is
exercised to a very small degree. The body is rendered light by Plavini
Pranayama. The Yogi produces a diminution of his specific gravity by swallowing
large draughts of air. The Yogi travels in the sky with the help of this Siddhi.
He can travel thousands of miles in a minute
This is the opposite of Laghima. In this the Yogi acquires an increase of specific gravity. He can make
the body as heavy as a mountain by swallowing draughts of air.
The Yogi standing on the earth can touch the highest things. He can
touch the sun or the moon or the sky. Through this Siddhi the Yogi attains his
desired objects and supernatural powers. He acquires the power of predicting
future events, the power of clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy,
thought-reading, etc. He can understand the languages of the beasts and birds.
He can understand unknown languages also. He can cure all diseases;
He can dive into the water and can come out at any time he likes. The late
Trilinga Swami of Benares used to live for six months underneath the Ganges. It
is the process by which a Yogi makes himself invisible sometimes. By some
writers it is defined to be the power of entering body of another (Parakaya
Pravesh). Sri Sankara entered the body of Raja Amaruka of Benares. Tirumular in
Southern India entered the body of a shepherd. Raja Vikramaditya also did this.
It is also the power of keeping a youth-like appearance for any length of time.
Raja Yayati had this power;
This is the power of taming wild animals and bringing them under control. It is the power of mesmerising persons by the exercise of will and of making them obedient to one’s own wishes and
orders. It is the restraint of passions and emotions. It is the power to bring
men, women and the elements under subjection; and
It is the attainment of divine power. The Yogi becomes the Lord of the universe. The Yogi
who has this power can restore life to the dead. Kabir, Tulsidas and range of
blessed souls had this power of bringing back life to the dead.
There are 18 types of achievements which are Anima,
Mahima, Garima, Ladhima, Prapti, Prakaamya, Ishitva,Vashitva, Sarvakaamaal,
Saadhita, Sarvagynatva, DurShravana, Parkaayapraveshan, VakaSiddhi,
Kalpavrushatva, Shrishti, Samharkaransaamarthya, Amaratva, Sarvanyayakatva,
Bhavana and Siddhi
According to this Purana, Dev, Danav, Gandharva,
Kinnar, Yaksh, Manav, all do worship Maa Siddhidaatri and attain achievements.
Maa Durga removes ignorance and she provides the knowledge to realize That or
Brahman. That is why She is surrounded by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Demons
and Gods who are worshiping her. The Siddhi that she provides is the realization
that everything is Supreme Being or Brahman. If a “sadhaka” worships in the
prescribed manner with his full faith he acquires all “Siddhis” and nothing
remains unattainable from him in the universe
In ‘Devi Bhagvata Purana’ it is mentioned that Lord Shiva worshipped her and was
blessed with all Siddhis or supernatural powers. By her blessings his half body
became female and other half body male in the avatar of Ardhnarishvara. Legend
has it that the Supreme God Shiva was blessed with all these ‘siddhis’ by
worshiping Maha Shakti and by her grace alone. With her gratitude the half body
of Shiva became that of the Goddess Shakti and therefore he also came to be
called as ‘Ardhanarishvar’.
This sacred day is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri as the manifestation of Mother Durga. It is a day boosted
with reverence to mother goddesses as observed as Mahanavami prayers and rituals
throughout the world. Puja, archanai, andhavan are conducted. There is group
chanting of Her mantras and singing Mother’s glory. In many parts of the country
it is a noted celebration, with community and temple puja. Private functions are
also elaborate and dedicated. As Siddhidatri, Mother Durga ever showers jnana.
She removes fear and impurities from one’s heart. To show reverence devotees
wear red cloths during the celebrations. Ma Siddhidaatri can be pleased by
chanting the above stated Mantra as many time and these done in the prescribed
manner avails one to acquire the siddhis. It is gainsaid that there remains
nothing unattainable in the universe. The devotee develops competency to conquer
the whole universe and cross the ocean of miseries, remaining untainted and
progressing the goals of purusharta.
MANTRA: “ Ya Devi sarvbhuteshu
laxmi rupen samsthita, namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah”.
(draft Gods and Goddess)
Yogi Ananda Sarasvathi