Oct 17 : Sixth manifestation of Durga is called ‘Katyayani’. On the fifth day of festival, the mind of the devotee rests in ‘Ajna Chakra’. Person who worships this form of goddess attains all the four fruits, ‘Dharma’, ‘Artha’, ‘ Kama’ and ‘Moksha’.
The goddess like her only blesses him with spiritual grace and influence. Disease, sorrow, regret and fears remain away from the person. There is no other easier way of getting rid of the effect of bad deeds than worshipping this fifth form of goddess. Just by worshipping this goddess the person remains in peace and pleasure in this world only.
There have been various mythological stories behind this name of the goddess. One story goes like there was one rishi named Katya who worshipped hard to please the goddess Durga and requested the goddess to be born to him in the form of his daughter. Goddess Durga accepted his request and was born in his family. This is why she was called ‘Katyayani’.
When earth was very much disturbed by the atrocities of the demon ‘Mahishasur’, the three gods of the heaven thought to create such power which could destroy the demon.
As a result ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh’ contributed certain part of their influence and grace and created a ‘Devi’ who killed the demon ‘Mahishasur’ who disturbed the whole earth by his atrocities and relieved the people of earth. She was first worshipped by the ‘Katyayan rishi so was called ‘Katyayani’.
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