Navratri, one of the most important festivals of Hindus, is of nine days in which nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped. After Maa Shailaputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta, Devi Kushmanda and Goddess Skandamata, the sixth form of Maa Durga is Maa Katyayani. She is also known as Warrior Goddess and is believed to be one of the most violent forms of Maa Durga. Also Read - Navratri 2018 Day 9: Worship Maa Siddhidatri; Significance, Importance, Puja Vidhi, Mantra
Devi Katyayani was born to sage Katyaya. Thus, she got name from her father. Later, she married Lord Krishna. According to the Kalika Purana, Sage Katyaya was the one who first worshipped this form of Goddess. She is depicted as seated astride a lion sword and a lotus flower in her right hand. Her left hands can be seen in the Varada and Abhaya Mudra. Also Read - Navratri 2018 Day4: Worship Maa Kushmanda: Significance, Importance, Puja Vidhi, Mantra
According to legends, thesis firm of Maa Durga governs Bṛhaspati. People who worship her with pure heart, Maa Katyayani fulfil their wishes. Married women pray to her for the healthy lives of their husbands. Also Read - Navratri 2018: Jewellery Trends Keeping in Mind Nine Colors of Festival
She is associated with red colour. While worshipping, devotees must offer her red flowers like roses.
Maa Katyayani Puja Vidhi
Chant mantras with flowers in your hands while praying. Perform aarti and don’t forget to worship Lord Brahma and Vishnu.
Chandrhaasujjwal Kara Shaardulvar-wahana Katyayani dadhyadevi Daanavghaatini
Vande Vanchit Manortharth Chandrardhkrit Shekharam
Sinharuda Chaturbhuja Katyayini Yashaswanim
Swarnaagya Chakra Stithtan Shashtam Durga Trinetram
Varabheet Karaan Shagpaddharan Katyayansutan Bhajami
Patambar Paridhanan Smermukhi Nanalankar Bhooshitam
Manjeer Haar Keyoor, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam
Prasannvadna Ptrawadharan Kantakpola Tung Kucham
Kamniya Lavanyan Trivalivibhushit Nimn Nabhim.
Maa Kalaratri, Devi Mahagauri, and Goddess Siddhidatari will be worshipped by the devotees in the upcoming days.
These festivals symbolises the victory of good over evil. On the 10th day, people celebrate Vijayadashami means Dusshera by burning huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna. This year, it falls on October 19.