New Delhi: The festival of Navratri began on 7 October and will end on 15 October. The nine-day festival marks the victory of good over evil by Goddess Durga – who has nine incarnations. Every day a different avatar of the goddess is worshiped by the devotees. Today is the sixth day of Navratri and devotees worship Goddess Katyayani. Katyayani Amarakosha is another name for Goddess Parvati in Sanskrit dictionary.
Goddess Katyayani is related to red color similar to Maa Durga. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Katyayani is known to have arisen from the spontaneous anger of the gods, which ultimately killed the demon – Mahishasura. She rides a lion given to her by Goddess Parvati. She has three eyes and four arms.
On the sixth day of Navratri, chant this mantra dedicated to Maa Katyayani:
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadhiswari. Nanda gopasutan devipatim me kuru te namah
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadhiswari
Nandagopasutam Devipatim me kuru te namah
Benefits of chanting Katyayani Mantra:
If you are experiencing delay in marriage, then this mantra will remove all the obstacles, Manglik Dosh from your horoscope.
If you are married, then chant this mantra for a happy married life and a fast child.
Katyayani Mantra can also be chanted by couples who are in love but have not yet received their parents’ consent for marriage.
The festival of Navratri is celebrated twice a year. Chaitra Navratri falls between March and April while Sharad or Shardiya Navratri occurs between September and October. Shardiya Navratri is also known as ‘Maha Navratri’.
The festival of Durga Puja begins on the sixth day of Navratri. Navratri ends with Vijayadashami festival. This time it is falling on 15th October.
Navratri signifies the victory of good over evil and has great significance among devotees. Navratri and Durga Puja are widely celebrated in the country and there are many legends associated with the festival.
Happy Navratri and a prosperous Durga Puja!