Kolkata: According to the Shastras, the sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Katyayani. This sixth form of Maa Durga is very compassionate. Durga Mata is believed to have taken this form to make the penance of her devotees successful. According to legend, Goddess Durga, pleased by Maharishi Katyayan’s penance, took birth as a daughter in his house. As Maharishi was the daughter of Katyayana, this form of Goddess Durga was called Katyayani. Also, when Mother Katyayani killed the demon Mahishasura, she is also known as Mahishasura Mardani.
This year Maa Katyayani is worshiped on Saturday 1st October 2022. It is believed that whoever worships Maa Katyayani wholeheartedly and properly, all his diseases, sorrows and fears will be removed. Also, worshiping the goddess removes all obstacles to marriage. Let’s know about Maa Katyayani cult and mantra…
Maa Katyayani Cult
On the sixth day of Navratri, wear clean clothes after morning bath. After that, the place of worship should be cleaned and anointed with Gangajal. Now first bow before the idol or image of Maa Katyayani with folded hands. Later during worship, offer yellow or red clothes to Amman. After that, offer yellow flowers, green yolks to Goddess. Then offer honey to Mother. Sit on the seat in front of Maa Katyayani and chant the mantra, Durga Salisa and Saptasati. After that, light incense and perform Aarti to the Mother. After the pooja is over, distribute prasad to everyone.
Ma Katyayani Mantra
Chandra Hazojj Vulgara Shardu Lover Vahana
Katyayani shubham dadya ◌edvi demon gathini
Or Devi Sarvabhudeshu Ma Katyayani Rupena Sanstha.
Namastesya Namastesya Namastesya Namo Namah