On the 6th day of Navratri, Maa Katyayani is worshipped. As per Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati took the form of Maa Katyayini to kill the demon Mahishasura. Katyayini appears as a warrior Goddess. She took birth as the daughter of Sage Katyayan and that is why she is known as Katyayani. She is represented by four arms. Her upper left hand has a sword and her lower left hand represents lotus. It is believed that while worshipping the Goddess, her devotees feel 'Agya Chakra' which shows them the path to sacrificing everything for her and she fulfills the wishes of her worshippers. Praying to Maa Katyayini helps in improving one’s marital life and provides relief to her devotees from all the troubles in their life.
According to Hindu mythology, sage Katyayana performed penance to get Goddess Durga as his daughter. Goddess Durga accepted his request and was born in the ashram of Katyayana. Meanwhile, Mahishasur’s army reached heaven to overthrow the Gods and that is when the deities, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesha requested Goddess Durga to end the torment of Mahishasur. Sage Katyayana was the first one who got the privilege to worship her, hence the name Katyayani. It is believed that the Goddess took birth on Krishna Chaturdashi and Katyayana worshipped her on Shukla Saptami, Ashtami, and Navmi. On the tenth day, she killed Mahishasur.
Maa Katyayini's Puja Vidhi
Worship the Kalash and the Gods residing in it, afterward pray to Goddess Katyayani and chant mantras with flowers in your hands. After her worship, Lord Brahma and Vishnu are also worshipped.
Maa Katyayini's Mantra
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 Katyayini's Stotra Path
Kanchanabha Varabhayan Padyadhara Muktojjwalan
Smermukhi Shivpatni Katyayanesute Namostute
Patambar Paridhanan Nanalankar Bhooshitam
Sinhasthita Padamhastan Katyayanesute Namostute
Parmavdamyi Devi Parbrahma Parmatma
Paramshakti, Parambhakti, Katyayanesutenamostute.