The Hindu celebration of Maha Navratri, also known as Shardiya Navratri, lasts nine nights and 10 days. This year, the momentous anniversary will be commemorated across India with tremendous pomp and grandeur from October 15 to October 24. Maa Siddhidatri, Maa Mahagauri, Maa Brahmcharini, Maa Shailputri, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skandmata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kaalratri, and Maa Chandraghanta – together known as Navdurga – are adored by her followers in India and across the world at this period. Extensive decorations, traditional dances, religious music, and fasting all contribute to the festival’s mood of devotion, introspection, and delight.
The sixth day of Shardiya Navratri is observed on Friday, October 20, and devotees worship Goddess Katyayani on this day. If you and your family participate in this celebration, you should be aware of Maa Katyayani. From its importance and puja vidhi to its schedule and samagri, here’s all you need to know about the sixth day of Shardiya Navratri.
Day 6 of Shardiya Navratri: Who is Maa Katyayani?
Maa Katyayani is one of Goddess Durga’s most violent manifestations. She is known as Mahishasurmardini because she slew the demon king Mahishasura. She is shown riding a lion while carrying a sword and a lotus flower in her left hand and the Abhaya and Varada mudras in her right. Maa Katyayani is credited as being the destroyer of evil. According to the Vamana Purana, the gods were so enraged by the demon Mahishasura’s transgressions that they banded together to create Maa Katyayani out of their combined might. They manifested their rage as energy rays that crystallized in Katyayana Rishi’s hermitage and were subsequently given the perfect shape by him. As a result, Maa Durga’s incarnation is also known as Katyayani, or Katyayana’s daughter.
Brihaspati is governed by Maa Katyayani on Navratri Day 6
She is the embodiment of knowledge and harmony. Goddess Katyayani’s blessings are claimed to cleanse devotees’ sins, drive away bad spirits, and remove obstructions. Furthermore, on the day Maa Katyayani is worshipped during Navratri, single females fast in order to find a spouse of their choice.
Colours for Navratri Day 6
Green is the hue of the sixth day of Navratri, which signifies harmony and progress. It also symbolizes nature, fertility, and serenity. Wearing green on this day symbolizes Katyayani’s protection, courage, and well-being. On this day, wear green and pray to the Goddess for peace.
Puja on Navratri Day 6:
The sixth day of Navratri occurs on Friday, October 20 this year. The Brahma Muhurta on this day begins at 04:44 AM and concludes at 05:34 AM, according to Drik Panchang. The Abhijit Muhurta begins at 11:43 AM and ends at 12:28 PM, while the Vijaya Muhurta begins at 01:59 PM and ends at 02:45 PM.
Day 6 of Navratri Puja Vidhi and Samagri:
On the sixth day of Navratri, devotees are urged to wake up early, take a bath, and put on fresh garments. Clean the puja space and place fresh flowers in front of Maa Katyayani’s idol. Devotees should also hold lotus flowers in their palms while reciting mantras and praying, and present honey to the goddess as prasad and bhog to solicit her blessings.
Puja Mantra, Prathana, Stuti, and Kavacha for Navratri 2023 Day 6:
1. Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah॥
2. Chandrahasojjvalakara Shardulavaravahana।
3. Katyayani Shubham Dadyad Devi Danavaghatini॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Katyayani Rupena Samsthita।
4. Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
Katyayanaumukha Patu Kam Swahaswarupini।
Lalate Vijaya Patu Malini Nitya Sundari॥
Kalyani Hridayam Patu Jaya Bhagamalini॥