Goddess Katyayani – Sixth Day of NavratriDate : | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
The manifestation of sixth goddess Katyayani Day 6
Whenever the oppression of the demons starts dominating the earth, whenever sages, saints, and celestial beings get victimized with the torture of the demons, then there is certainly a divine incarnation of supreme energy for the betterment of the world and suppression of the evil. In the same manner, goddess Bhagwati incarnated as Maa Katyayani for the sake of betterment of the world. She is the one who saved the entire universe from one of the greatest demons, Mahishasura by curbing his ego and destroying him along with his army. This divine form of Goddess Durga is well known amongst the devotees in the name of Goddess Katyayani. She grants fearlessness to the devotees and also blesses them readily by removing diseases, sorrows, obstacles, and guilt. Just by remembering her one attracts her divine blessings. As per the story found in the Maa Durga Saptashati, for the betterment of devas, goddess manifested as Katyayani for saving them from evil demons. She manifested in the hermitage of sage Katyayana who worshiped the goddess as his daughter and hence she is known as Maa Katyayani. She is the slayer of demons like mahisha and she is the manifestation of divine energies of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara. The first ever mention of her worship is related to sage katyayana who achieved glory and liberation by the worship of goddess Katyayani. She made the sage famous by adopting his name as a blessing for his penance. Since then she was known as “Devi Katyayani”. Her form is divine and she has four arms in which she holds various weapons. She holds a sword, lotus, fearlessness gesture, and blessing gesture. Goddess blesses one with successful life and also enhances his intellect and skills. She grants any desired fruits when asked with sincerity and purity. With her blessings, her devotees gain excellence in the respective fields to which they belong. They achieve greatest heights in their related areas. Ashwin Navaratri Durga Puja, a golden opportunity for Durga devotees. Register today and get your free gift.
Worship of goddess Katyayani as per scriptures
The sixth auspicious form of goddess Durga is popularly known as Katyayani. Her worship is usually done in a special manner during the sixth Navratri. She bestows the devotees with desired fruits. Hence, to obtain the grace of the goddess, one must prepare for the pooja like the previous days by keeping in mind the external and internal cleanliness. One must gather all the materials of the pooja and keep at the pooja place it in the eastern direction. Then one must perform the pooja with purified water, the sacred water of rivers, panchameva, panchamritaetc. with devotion. This pooja is highly effective for gaining better self-confidence and physical strength. One also gets rid of unknown and unknown enemies at once. As per a story, the Gopis of the Vraj had performed the worship of goddess and asked for Lord Krishna as their beloved one. Goddess readily graced them and fulfilled their wish, even today the atmosphere of divine Vraj is filled with that divinity, glory, and joy. Chaitra Navaratri, a golden opportunity for Maa Durga devotees. Register today and get your free gift.
Puranic story of goddess Sri Katyayani
For the betterment of the devotees, goddess Katyayani who is the form of Adi shakti manifested as the sixth form of goddess Durga for removing the fears of the world due to the evil asuras. As per the legend, the first manifestation of this goddess for the welfare of celestial devas took place in the house of sage Katyayana. Sage accepted her as his daughter and worshiped her with devotion and hence she was known as “Kaatyaayani”. In the ancient times when the world was suffering from the outrage of demon Mahishasura, the fruits of Vedic sacrifice were snatched from the devatas. All the celestial gods started thinking about some solution for ending this menace of demons and some way to establish righteousness. Finally, they decided to gather and invoke the primordial energy because none of the devas were able to win over this demon. This was because Mahishasur had a boon from the gods that he would be killed only by a female (feminine power) and hence male deities were not able to harm him. Because of pride and ego over his powers, the demon started misusing the power and tortured innocent beings. Gods gather and invoked a goddess from their own energies. She was known as Katyayani. With her divine powers, the goddess completed her mission by destroying mahisha demon on the final day of Navaratri. As per another ancient tale, a sage named Katyayana did heavy penance and asked for a great daughter as a boon as a result, goddess Katyayani took incarnation in his house and blessed him for his penance and rescued the world from the fear and darkness of demons.
Mantra of Maa Katyayani Devi
We come across multiple references mentioning about goddess Katyayani in the related Puranic and agamic scriptures. One must select and recite the mantra as per one’s specific need or goals. These mantras attract the blessings which provide wealth, happiness, health and prosperity. We are presenting some of the important mantras for the worship of goddess Katyayani.
sharanagata dinarta paritrana parayane |
sarvasvarti hare devi narayani namo stute ||
Glory of mother Katyayani
In Markandeya purana and Maa Durga Saptashati, we find mentions of goddess Katyayani in various sections. Goddess is believed to be very compassionate and giver of boons. By performing proper worship, one is blessed with peace, prosperity, good luck, and healthiness. She provides immense strength at the physical level as well. She is equipped with special powers for the destruction of evil demons and their armies. Mother Devi Katyayani is especially venerated by the devotees for getting rid of marital issues and making married life more comfortable. By regular worship of the goddess, one is certainly transformed into a good householder. One is blessed with a spouse, sons, daughters etc. Along with this, monetary aspects and social position are also strengthened. Goddess always blesses her devotees (all men and women). For those girls who are wishing to get married to a suitable partner, this pooja is very effective. Hence, it is recommended to perform the pooja procedures as per the Vedic methods for those wishing for the above-mentioned results.