Santoshi Maa Puja – She is the Hindu goddess worshipped for the fulfillment of all desires. According to Hindu mythology, she is the daughter of Lord Ganesh. Santoshi Maa inspires her devotees to cherish family values and bestows them with the courage to face a crisis. Santoshi Maa is regarded as an incarnation of Mother Durga and has a steady group of devotees across the Hindu population of India and across the globe.
Way of Worship
For eternal peace and happiness in family life, her devotees are known to fast for sixteen consecutive Fridays. The fast is known as Santoshi Mata vrat. The devotee must perform a puja of Santoshi Mata and offer her incense, flowers, and offer gur-chana (raw sugar and roasted chickpeas) as “Prasad”. The devotee needs to wake up early morning and work on the puja. Only one meal that can be taken during the day of fasting should be devoid of anything bitter or sour food serving sour or bitter food on the day of fasting is restricted.
During the puja, the tale of Maa Santoshi is read out and it ends with the udyapan ceremony where eight boys are served festive meals. You should avoid quarrels and any act of hurt. Attaining the full course of the Vrat, the mother blesses the devotee with her wish.
Popular belief and benefits
She is the deity of domestic satisfaction and happiness. Women are fond of her and often fast for her praying for mercy and happy contented life. The vrata of fasting observed for the deity teaches a devotee to preach the message of sacrifice, love, happiness, and sympathy. It is also believed that worshiping her brings prosperity and peace to the family of the devotee.
The popular festival of the deity
There is no such popular festival celebrate focusing on the deity. However, the Maa Santoshi Vrat in itself is religiously observed in many Hindu families for prosperity and peace. The devotees of the Devi are very loyal and devoted to the strict rules to be followed during the 16consesutive Fridays when fasting is observed.
Regions of worship
Mostly in the north and central India and within the vegetarian Hindu population the deity is worshipped with full conviction.