Goddess Katyayani: The 6th Form of NavaDurga

Goddess Katyayani is the sixth form of NavaDurga and worshipped on the 6th day of Navratri. On the havoc created by Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati had taken the avatar of Goddess Katyayani. She is also referred to as the warrior Goddess. Some religious texts state that Goddess Pravati was born at the home of sage Katya. As the daughter of sage Katyayana, she is known as Katyayani. She rides a lion and carries a lotus stem and sword in her right hand. She is said to be gifted with the lion by Goddess Gauri.

Goddess Katyayani
To destroy demon Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati had taken the avatar of Goddess Katyayani.
Affiliation 6th Form of NavaDurga
Worship Day Navratri Day 6
Father Sage Katyayana
Weapon Sword
Ride Lion
Mantra Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah
(ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नमः॥)
Katyayani Devi

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Sage Katyayana was one of the greatest sages. He did not have any children. Having a desire to get Mother Bhagwati as a daughter, the sage made harsh austerity of Maa Bhagwati. Pleased with the penance of Maharishi Katyayana, Goddess gave him a boon of a daughter. After a while, the tyranny of the demon Mahishasura increased seriously. Then, with the brightness of the Trinity, a brightly-colored and quadruped goddess was born to kill him.

Being the daughter of Katyayana Rishi, she is known as Goddess Katyayani. She has four arms and rides a lion. The Goddesses of the Brajamandal worshiped her for getting Krishna. Unmarried girls worship Maa Katyayani to remove the barriers in marriage.

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Maa Katyayani Puja

Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri. Early in the morning, one should worship the goddess wearing yellow or red clothes. Offer yellow flowers and yellow naivedya to the goddess. Offering honey to them is considered auspicious. Chant the mantras of the goddess in front of the Kalash, which was established as the seat of Goddess Durga on the first day of Navratri. The puja is complete with aarti off the goddess. It is believed that offering fragrant flowers to Maa Katyayani will create the chances of early marriage. By her blessings, the marriage life will be blissful.

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If a girl faces issues for fixing a marriage, then she can pray Maa Katyayani. The goddess helps to obtain a happy and smooth marriage life. She ensures harmony and peace in married life. Worshipping her can help eradicate all the negative effects of planets in the horoscope.

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Facts about Goddess Katyayani

  • Origin: To destroy demon Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati had taken the avatar of Goddess Katyayani.
  • Meaning:  The daughter of sage Katyayana
  • Worship Date: Navratri Day 6
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Favorite Flower: Marigold
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Mantra: Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah (ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नमः॥)
  • Weapon: Sword
  • Ride: Lion
  • Appearance: Goddess Katyayani rides on a magnificent lion and is depicted with four hands. She carries a lotus flower and sword in her left hands respectively and keeps her right hands in Abhayamudra and Varadamudras.


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