The auspicious occasion of Navratri began on October 7 with much love and enthusiasm. The sixth day of the nine-day Hindu festival is dedicated to Goddess Katyayni. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri. However, in practice, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navaratri that is the most observed in the honor of the divine feminine Devi (Durga). The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.
On the sixth day of nine days of festivity, goddess Katyayni is worshipped in the form of Navdurga on Shashthi of Navratri. As per Hindu mythology, goddess Parvati took this incarnation to destroy the demon Mahishasura. She is known as the warrior goddess as she is believed to be the most violent form of Goddess Parvati. Maa Katyayani governs the planet Brihaspati.
The auspicious colour for Navratri Shashthi Tithi is White.
Goddess Katyayani’s Vahana is a magnificent Lion.
Maa Katyayani is offered coconut, gangajal, kalava, roli, rice, honey, incense sticks, naivedya, ghee during the Puja. The coconut offered in the worship should be rolled in a piece of cloth and placed on kalash. Then roli, haldi and sindoor is applied to Maa Katyayani. Devotees then recite the Katyayani Mantra for hundred and eight times and offer flowers to the idol.
Katyayani Devi Puja is significant for those who are facing problems in their marriage. It is said to be helpful in removing Mangalik Dosha and remove all marital issues.
Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah