Maha Navami

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Mahanavami is celebrated on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami,the ninth and the final day of Durga Navratri.On this day,the goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita,by offering her sugarcane stalks.Mahishasura Mardhini Puja is also observed on Mahanavami,when the Goddess Durga is decorated and worshipped in the form of Mahishasuramardhini alankaram.

Matangi Dasamahavidya too, is worshipped on Mahanavami as a part of Dasamahavidya pooja in Navratri. Mukteshwari is the Goddess to be worshipped on ninth day of Navratri as part of Saptamatrika and Ashtamatrika puja.As per Hindu beliefs,Durga pooja on Maha Navami is equivalent to the Durga pooja performed on all nine days of Durga Navaratri.

Goddess Siddhidatri puja is also performed on Mahanavami day,by the Navadurga Shakteya sampradaaya people.In Bihar,Kashmir,Punjab,Uttar Pradesh,Haryana and Bihar; Kanya Puja is performed,when nine young virgin girls(kumarika),are worshipped,who symbolically represent the nine forms of the goddess Durga.

Their feet are washed,kumkumis applied on the forehead and they are feasted and given gifts and new clothes by the worshippers.

On Mahanavami day, in South Indian states especially in Kerala, Ayudha(arms) Pooja is performed.Tools, instruments,muiscal instruments and books are worshipped.The next day of Mahanavami is observed as Vijaya Dashami.In some rural places, Janthu bali (animal sacrifices) are performed on Mahanavami daywhich is against the Hindu culture and society.

Suvasini Puja, Kanya Puja, Dampati Puja, etc. are observed on Mahanavami day in Navratri. In some places of Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, Bathukamma festival is celebrated.On this final day Saraswati Visarjan(immersion)or Saraswati Udyapan is done. It also concludes the Devi Triratra vrata (3-day or 3-night Devi vrata).

The Mantra

Siddha gandharva yakshadhyie asuraira marairapi Sevya maanaa l
sadaa bhooyaath siddhidaa Siddhidaayini Siddhidatri dhyana ll

This Mantra is the best to recite for attaining all types of Siddhis and Nidhis.This mantra is recited on Mahanavami day during Navratri to get blessings of the Goddess.Siddhidatri Navadurga devi is worshipped by sadhaks or Siddhas to acquire all chakras and spiritual procedures with their attentive sadhanas.

They develop will power to capture the whole world by performing Siddhidhatri pooja.