Sixth day of Navratre - Katyayani
The origins of Katyayani the sixth manifestation of the goddess Durga are closely
linked to the bloodline of the famous sage kat who begat the saint katya as his son.
Eventually the famous saint Katyayan was born in this line. A devotee of the Devi
it was his desire after year of intense devotion that the goddess be born in his
house as a daughter. The goddess pleased by his devotion consented.
The world meanwhile was reeling under the tyrannies of the demon mahishasur. The great goddess
was appealed to buy the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv. Born on the forth navratra the
goddess accepted the ritual worship of the sage Katyayan for three days on the tenth day Durga slew the demon Mahishasur. Whether the goddess was born as daughterin his house or was autogenous
I origin Durga adopted the name Katyayani for her sixth manifestation as a mark of recognition
conferred upon her great devotee.
She is the harbinger of blessings and fulfiller of desire. She is depicted as a four armed goddess
astride a lion she hold a sword in one had a lotus in another and the remaining two hand are
composed in mudras of blessing of the mudra of fearlessness the blessing extended to all
of Katyayani�s devotees. She is the form that give shape to the wild and unruly energy
that the goddess Durga will release in another guise to vanquish her foe.
Katyayani is the gathering and focusing of that Adi shakti in a form that is comprehensible
to mortals. As a potent force and fact of the female energy. Katyayani claims as her own the
Ajna or Agya chakra. Symbolized by a lotus with two petals, this chakra is also known as the
third eye chakra. As is implicit from the name the third eye is focal point of a concentration
of energy that is traditionally released with terrible impact. But in times of lesser peril,
the third eye is connection point of tremendous power and energy.
Mantra To chant on 6th day of Navratre
" OM GANG GANPATYE NAMAH"
"OM KATYAINYE NAMAH"
" OM DURG DURGAYE NAMAHA"