Navratri: Katyayani Maa, worshipped on Day 6, rules the Ajna chakra

 Navratri: Katyayani Maa, worshipped on Day 6, rules the Ajna chakra
Neha Mangal
Goddess Katyayani or Maa Katyayani is the 6th form of Nav Durga and is worshipped on the 6th day of Navratri Puja or Durga Puja. She is represented with four arms where her upper left-hand holds the sword and upper right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. The lower left hand of Mata Katyayani represents lotus-flower and the lower right hand is in Var Mudra. Goddess Katyayani appears in a pink saree and wears white rosary around her neck. Sadhaka who worships Mata Katyayani with devotion and faith can easily reach all the four objects which are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
Once there was a renowned sage named Maharishi Kat. The son of Maharshi Kat was Rishi Katya. They were under clan of Katya. A prominent rishi was born named Katyayan. Rishi Katyayan was a great devotee of Devi Durga/ Maa Bhagwati. He did lots of tap and difficult sadhna to please the Maa. When Maa Durga was pleased by his devotion, he asked the goddess to take birth as his daughter. Mata accepted and blessed him with his wish.
Devi Bhagwati (Durga) was born at the home of Rishi Katyayan as his daughter. Being the daughter of Rishi Katya,  she became famous with name Katyayani. When the tyranny of demon king Mahishasur crossed the limit all the deities, including Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh) requested Devi Durga to kill Mahishasur.
She rules Ajna chakra which is also called sixth chakra or third eye chakra and its original Sanskrit name is Ajna. Basically, the meaning of Ajna is perception, become aware of and control. The Ajna chakra is associated with the power of thought, psychism, imagination, clairvoyance, seeing on all levels & intuition.
To worship Goddess Katyayani, sadhaks can recite the Katyayani Mantra, which is believed to bring blessings and protection from the goddess.
Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah 


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