Santoshi Mata, the mother of satisfaction, is believed to be an incarnation of Mata Durga and is worshipped through out India and abroad.
She is considered to have a calm nature and rewards her followers with happiness and peace in their life/ Mata Santoshi is a symbol of love, forgiveness, happiness and hope.
Santoshi Mata is particularly worshipped by the ladies of North India.
It is experienced that worshipping her with fasting (diesting) for 16 consecutive Fridays wins her favour, that brings peace, prosperity and good fortune in life. Santoshi Mata blesses to her dissiples.
In the year 1975 Bollywood film 'Jai Santoshi Maa' was released, which showed the story of the goddess and her ardent devotee Satyavati. This story influenced many devotees who started praying her.
It was so boosted that many women offered coconut and flowers to Mata in the theatre while watching the film. All this led to a great popularity of the film.
Santoshi Mata was worshipped by many and her images and shrines were incorporated in Hindu temples. The film portrayed the goddess to be the daughter of the most worshipped Hindu god Ganesha.
It related her to the Raksha Bandhan festival, however, which had no basis in Hindu scriptures.
An old woman had seven sons and the youngest son of was very irresponsible. The woman served him the leftovers of the food eaten by the family members.
His wife came to know this ill treatment of her mother-in-law and told her husband about it. Her husband had left the house for seeking good opprtunities to earn good money.
He thereafter succeded in life and saved good money. However, in his absence his wife was tortured by her in-laws. To relieve herself from this situation she decided to observe the 16-week Santoshi Ma vrata and performed it.
Santoshi Mata recieved her feelings and appeared in her husband's dream and informed him of his wife's difficult situation. The husband soon returned back wealthy and started living separately with his wife.
In the final rituals of the vrata, the in-laws planned a wicked idea and served sour food to the eight boys, offending Santoshi Mata.
As a result, her husband was arrested. However, the wife performed the full vrata again very successfully. Soon her husband was acquitted and in the near future she gave birth to a son.
One day, the goddess appeared in the family, in a scary form and made the in-laws run away. The wife could recognize the grace of the goddess and worshipped her.
Later, on repentance the in-laws expressed their apology to the goddess and the whole family was blessed and lived happily further.