Navratri Day Six: Worship of Maa Katyayani

Today is the sixth day of auspicious nine-day Navratri festival. On the sixth day of Navratri, devotees worship the Katyayani form of Maa Durga. It is believed that she is a warrior-goddess and is named Katyayani because she was brought up by a sage named Katyayana.
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Maa Katyayani is depicted sitting on a ferocious lion with a sword, given to her by Goddess Parvati. This form of Goddess Parvati has three eyes and four arms. She has a flower in her right hand and Abhaya Mudra in her left hand.
It is believed that one should keep a pure heart while worshipping Maa Katyayani to have their wishes fulfilled by her. Maa Katyayani blesses married women who pray for their husbands’ healthy lives.
ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah॥
चन्द्रहासोज्ज्वलकरा शार्दूलवरवाहना।
कात्यायनी शुभं दद्याद् देवी दानवघातिनी॥
Chandrahasojjvalakara Shardulavaravahana।
Katyayani Shubham Dadyad Devi Danavaghatini॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कात्यायनी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Katyayani Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
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