Devi (or Goddess) Katyayani is sixth among the nine embodiments of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri.
To know about the Goddess’ previous form – Skandamata, read my blog post: Navratri Day 5: Worshipping Devi Skandamata through artwork
This is the coloured sketch, I made, of Goddess Katyayani .
According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that once upon a time, there lived a renowned sage called ‘Maharishi Kat‘, who had a son named Katya. Katya was a great devotee of Goddess Durga and performed eras of tough penance to please Her. The Goddess was highly pleased by his devotion and asked him to wish for a boon. He prayed to the Goddess to take birth as his daughter, which the Goddess accepted. At the home of Rishi Katya, Goddess Durga was born as his daughter. The name Katyayani hence came into origin.
The Goddess is depicted with four arms. Her upper left hand holds a sword and the lower left hand holds a lotus flower. Her upper right hand is in Abhay mudra (assuring safety and bliss), and lower right hand is in Varada mudra (dispensing boons). The lion is her majestic mount.
Today, the air reverberates with the Sanskrit verses in reverence to the Goddess.
Ya devi sarva bhutesu, Katyayani rupena sansthita
Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha!
The goddess who is omnipresent as the divine Katyayani .
I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her again & again.
To know about the Goddess’ seventh form – Kaalratri, read my blog post: Navratri Day 7: Worshipping Devi Kaalratri through artwork