Devi (or Goddess) Siddhidatri is ninth and the final form among the nine embodiments of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the ninth day of Navratri, just a day before Vijay Dashami or Dusshera.
To know about the Goddess’ previous form – Mahagauri, read my blog post: Navratri Day 8: Worshipping Devi Mahagauri through artwork
This is the coloured sketch, I made, of Goddess Siddhidatri.
According to Vedic scriptures especially the ‘Devi Bhagvata Purana’, Lord Shiva worshipped the Goddess and was blessed with all Siddhis. Siddhis are spiritual, paranormal, supernatural or magical powers, abilities, and attainments that are the products of spiritual advancement through meditation and yoga. By the Goddess’ blessings, Shiva’s half body became female and other half body male in the avatar of Ardhnarishwar.
Since She offers all types of Siddhis to her devotees, she is called Siddhidatri – the giver of Siddhis.
The Goddess is depicted with four arms and she is shown sitting on a lotus flower. Her arms hold Gada (mace), Chakra (discus), Shankh (scallop shell) and a lotus flower. She is draped in a red saree and her mount is lion. She is surrounded by not only humans but also by Devas, Gandharva, Asura, and Yaksha alike in a worshipping gesture.
Today, the air reverberates with the Sanskrit verses in reverence to the Goddess.
Ya devi sarva bhutesu, Siddhidatri rupena sansthita
Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha!
The goddess who is omnipresent as the divine Siddhidatri .
I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her again & again.