Chaitra Navratri 2022 Day 6: Maa Katyayani significance, puja vidhi, mantra, story
- Chaitra Navratri 2022 Day 6: Maa Katyayani, also known as Mahishasurmardini, is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri. Here's all you want to know about the goddess.
Chaitra Navratri 2022: The sixth day of Chaitra Navratri is dedicated to the ferocious warrior goddess Maa Katyayani who's also known by the name of Mahishasurmardini. Riding a lion, she holds lotus flower and sword in her left hands while keeping her right hands in Abhaya and Varada Mudras. According to ancient texts, Maa Katyayani was created from the combined energies of the gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva to kill demon Mahishasur. (Also read: Chaitra Navratri: When is Ashtami and Ram Navami? Date, puja vidhi, significance)
Significance of worshipping Maa Katyayani
Worshipping Maa Katyayani on the sixth day of Navratri is known to resolve marital woes and help one get life partner of their choice. This is the reason Katyayani puja is quite popular among unmarried girls who are facing delay in their marriage. Apart from marital issues, worshipping the goddess also helps remove hurdles in success path and one gets blessed with good fortune.
Legend of Maa Katyayani
As per the legend, Goddess Shakti took avatar of Katyayani to kill evil demon Mahishasur who had become a cause of worry for gods. She was born as the daughter of sage Katyayana as he was a huge devotee of Maa Shakti and also wished for her to be born as his daughter.
In the course of time, Mahishasura got to know about Katyayani from Chandha and Mundha, his associates, who went on and on about her mesmerising beauty. In order to send her marriage proposal, Mahishasur sent Dundubhi as his messenger. Goddess Katyayani smiled at the proposal and told Dundubhi that as per her family tradition, Mahishasur would have to defeat her in a fight to get married to her.
Katyayani and Mahishasura got into a fierce battle where the demon transformed himself into a buffalo while the goddess struggled to fight him in this form. However, she soon climbed onto his back and took him by surprise with her move. Unable to shake her off, it was the end of Mahishasur as Katyayani placed her foot on the demon's neck and pierced him with her Trishul (trident) and cut his head off.
To worship Maa Katyayani, devotees should take a bath and wear clean clothes before the puja. After cleaning the puja sthaan, fresh flowers are offered to the goddess. It is advised to hold lotus flowers in hands while reciting mantra and prayers.
Puja mantra for worshipping Maa Katyayani
Chandra Hasojja Valakara
Kaatyayani Shubham Daddya
Devi Daanav Ghaatini
Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah॥
Katyayani Shubham Dadyad Devi Danavaghatini॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Katyayani Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥