Sixth Day of Navaratri Dedicated to Goddess Katyayani
by Mantra & shlokas on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 12:19pm
In the nine-day Navratri Puja, the sixth day is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. The day is also the last day of Lakshmi Puja during Navaratri. Goddess Katyayani form of Durga appeared as the as a daughter to Sage Katya of Katya clan and thus she got the name Katyayani. Goddess Durga is also worshipped as Bhairavi and Maha Kali on this day in different regions of India.
In this form of Goddess Katyayani, Durga is both benevolent and malevolent. This is also a daughter form of Durga. She can bless and also destroy. She is depicted as having four arms and rides a lion.
Bhairavi and Mahakali aspect of Durga is worshipped on this day in western parts of India.
The day is also observed as Durga Sashti day in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India.
Mahasashti or the sixth day of Durga Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi. In 2010, Goddess Durga is decorated and worshipped as Mahalakshmi on October 13th, Wednesday, in South Indian temples, especially in Kanakadurga temple (Durga Malleshwara Swamy temple) located at Vijayawada.
Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She is the consort of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. With her Abhaya and Varada mudras (blessing postures), Goddess Mahalakshmi blesses her devotees with prosperity and wealth.
Some other popular Lakshmi Puja days are – Sharad Purnima (Kojagari Lakshmi Puja), Diwali lakshmi Puja and Varalakshmi Pooja.
The image and other details of Dasara Navaratri in Vijayawada are given in official website of Kanaka Durga temple of
Vijayawada – kanakadurgatemple.org.