Katyayani Devi is worshipped as sixth form of Goddess Parvathi on the sixth day of the Navaratri. As per the Hindu Mythology, the form of Katyayani was adorned by Goddess Parvathi to destroy Mahishasura who was a ferocious demon. Katyayani is known to be the fiercest face of the Goddess and she is termed to the Warrior Goddess who fought against the evil and destroyed it completely. She is felicitated with various names such as Bhadrakali, Durga and Chandrika that speaks about her fearless form.
Legend behind Goddess Katyayani:
The legend of Mahishasura Mardhini is famous and is narrated to every generation. The evil demon Mahishasura had immense physical and mental strength. He wanted to destroy the earth, creators and everything belonging to it. Thus, Goddess Parvathi took the form of Katyayani (Durga) came in order to destroy the demon with her immense power and strength. He changed into various form out of which, one of the form was buffalo. Goddess sprang from her lion and struck her trishul onto its throat and killed it, in turn killing the demon Mahishasura. Thus, she is been called as the saver and the warrior of earth.
Goddess Katyayani Devi is been paid respect in many Holy Scriptures symbolized as Goddess of Strength, knowledge and courage as she is gained victory of good over evil. She has always been worshipped by the Hindus and has a respectful place in the Hindu Mythology. It is said that her followers always inherit inner strength while facing the society. Her presence is found in many Holy Scriptures, puranas and vedas. There are her glimpses found in the texts attributed by the Jainism and Buddhism. It is said that the worshippers specifically marriageable girls follow Katyayani Vratha for one month in order to get a husband as good as Lord Krishna. During this, the goddess is worshipped every day and sandal, incense and flowers are offered by the devotees.
It is said that the Goddess Katyayani has special place for women and girls. Thus, during Pongal in the part of Tamil Nadu, young girls pray for the prosperity of the place throughout the month. The idol of Goddess Katyayani is carved from wet sand and worshipped during these period. The Goddess said to be possessing three eyes and eight hands and is a removal of all the negative forces from the place where it is worshipped. She is also worshipped on various form in the Northern Part of India and specifically as Durga. Goddess Katyayani is remembered even in chants that are for the victory of good over evil, while starting a new business, possession of a new house and start of a new life.
Worship Goddess Katyayani:
To seek the blessings of Goddess Katyayani, worship by chanting the mantras below;
“Om Katya Yanaya Vidmahe
Kanya Kumari Cha Dhimahi
Tanno Durgih Prachodayat”
Mantra means: The Goddess who is blessed to be taken birth in the place of Rishi Katya, we bow to you with respect in divine place of Kanya Kumari. Bless the entire world with your enchanting illumination and give us immense strength to stand against all the evil.