Goddess Santoshi Maa satisfies everybody’s desire and pleas. She is referred as the god of satisfaction. She is the daughter of lord Ganesha. She accepts all the problems, sorrows and ill fate of all her devotees and blesses them with prosperity and happiness. She is an emblem of love, contentment, happiness and hope. It is so believed that fasting and praying for her for 16 consecutive Friday’s brings peace and prosperity in one’s family.
She is treated as the most calm, soft, pure and kind form of goddess durga and sitting on lotus which signifies that even in this world which is full of selfishness, rudeness and corruption. She resides on the lotus which is blossoming in the sea filled with milk which is a symbol of purity signifying that where there is purity of heart and dedication there will be have our mother of satisfaction.
As it’s a general saying that if we will eat sweet things then our words will be sweet as sugar, in the same manner, she refrains all the sour things which are wrong acts they can achieve the complete purity and happiness in their hearts.
Santoshi Maa not only provides purity and calmness and also saves all her devotees from ill powers. she is a four handed goddess with two hands visible to her devotees and other two hands with weapons like sword and trishul for the ones who play as the hurdles in the path of truth and goodness. She is the most beautiful and lovable goddess who is always ready for blessing her. She is worshipped on Friday and it is believed that people get their wishes fulfilled by worshipping goddess by keeping 16 consecutive fasts and following the strict rule to avoiding from all the sour eatables.
On a Friday morning have head bath and place the photo in a clean pooja area and put a small kalash and Place Mata’s photo and decorate it with flowers. Keep chana (soaked in water for 6 hours in water) or puffed Bengal gram along with jiggery piece and bananas as prasada. Chant the mantras and read the story and give aarti to goddess and have prasada. You can do fasting the entire day or can have food only once in a day. You are not supposed to eat anything sour on the day of puja.
You need to do this for 16 weeks on Friday, and after 16 weeks you will be required to do udyapan, i.e. you will be required to offer food to kids and remember not to serve them anything sour and not to give them any cash because they use the cash to buy something sour. Who read this story become prosperous according to the belief of the devotee’s. Jai Santoshi Maa.