Ma Siddhidatri Devi

Written by Seema K Jayaraman

O Mata Siddhidatri,

The texts say I have reached the end

Of my nine days of navratri upasana

Prostrating at your feet

I can present to you my heart’s desire

And vest from you

any of the special twenty six siddhis

With which I could conquer the world

But here I am looking at your serene hue

Your loving gaze soft on us ignorant mortals

Knowing not my strongest desire

Having lost my laundary list of demands

All I am is a pulsating being

Energized and vibrating in your name

Counting my blessings at your altar

While performing the dhunuchi naach

Accompanied with the deep beat of the dhak

As i sway with the rythym of the MahaAarti

The lamps fully lit and incenses burning

Cymbals clanging and conches ringing

Holding aloft as an offering

the wide mouthed earthen dhunuchi

Billowing the holy aromatic smoke

Weaving back and forth, I am lost

In the moment- in your worship

Offering to you the aromatic smoke

Of the intoxicating woody resin (benzoin)

Slowly burning my inner vasanas

On the coconut husk and coal

The air rings with the chant of your name

O mother, yet here I am

nursing a feeling of being bereft

The last nine days of joyous fervor

To start the day with a stuthi to you

To end the night contemplating about you

I wish these colorful celebrations

and festive fervor could continue

Celebrating all the divine and feminine goodness

Embodied by you O Mata Siddhidatri.

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Seema K Jayaraman

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