From observing the fast to worshiping the mother, devotees are leaving no stone unturned as we are entering the 6th day of Navratri 2021. Yes, the special Hindu festival that started on 7th October is all set to enter the 6th day, which is dedicated to Maa Katyayani.
She is also known as Warrior Goddess who is a form of Mother Parvati. Mother Parvati took this incarnation to kill the demon Mahishasura and that is why she is also worshiped as Mahishasurmardini (the one who slay Mahishasura).
Meanwhile, talking about Shardiya Navratri, the most important Hindu festival, it falls during the months of September/October of the Gregorian calendar. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, it starts from the Pratipada date of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month.
This is a nine-day long festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. Among the nine incarnations of Mother Durga, each day of Navratri is dedicated to one form.
Maa Katyayani: Date and Time
Shashti date is falling on 11 October 2021.
Shashti date till 23:50
Maa Katyayani: Significance
The Vamana Purana depicts that to kill the demon Mahishasura, out of spontaneous anger, the energy rays of the gods combined and crystallized at the hermitage of sage Katyayana, where he gave it the proper form of the goddess. Katyayani is named as the daughter of Katyayan.
The description of the mother is found in the Devi Mahatmya part of the Markandeya Purana, the credit of which goes to the sage Markandeya. She is worshiped as the Adi Shakti form of Maa Durga. Unmarried girls keep a fast and worship this form to get the husband they want.
Maa Katyayani is four-handed who rides on a lion. In two hands she holds Khadga (long sword) and flower lotus. The other hand is in Abhayamudra and Varadamudra. Maa Katyayani is draped in a red dress. She is associated with the color red and the planet Jupiter.
Maa Katyayani Mantra:
Om Devi Katyayanai Namah:
Golden Chakra Status:
Sixth Durga Trinetram.
Varbhit Karam Shadagapadmadharam Katyayansutam Bhajmi
Maa Katyayani: Worship Method
Devotees should wear clean clothes after taking a quick bath.
The place of worship is cleaned and fresh flowers are changed.
Ghee lamp is lit in front of the Kalash and the idol of the Goddess.
– Durga Saptashati is recited, Devi Mantra is chanted.
Mother’s aarti is performed.
– Prasad is offered and distributed among everyone.
Note- The information given here is based on religious beliefs and folk beliefs, there is no scientific evidence for this. It has been presented here keeping in mind the general public interest.
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