Published by: Nibandh Vinod
Last updated: Oct 20, 2023 00:15 IST
SHARDIYA NAVRATRI 2023 DAY 6: The sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to the warrior goddess, Maa Katyayani, who embodies the fiercest aspect of Goddess Durga. In her guise as Mahishasurmardini, she rides a majestic lion adorned with four hands. Goddess Katyayani holds a lotus flower and a sword in both her left hands, while both her right hands gracefully display the Abhaya and Varada mudras. Interestingly, the planet Brihaspati is ruled by Goddess Katyayani. Here’s everything you need to know about Maa Katyayani and the significance of the sixth day of Durga puja.
Navratri Day 6: Date
This year, the sixth day of Navratri will be celebrated on Friday, October 20. This day also marks the Shukla Shashthi tithi as per the Drik Panchang.
Navratri Day 6: Shubh Muhurat
The Shukla Shashthi Tithi, which is considered auspicious for most activities, starts at 12:31 AM and ends at 11:24 PM. During this day, the Brahma Muhurta is between 4:44 AM and 5:34 AM. The Vijaya Muhurta is expected from 1:59 PM to 2:45 PM, besides, the Sayahna Sandhya is expected to take place from 5:47 PM to 7:03 PM.
Navratri Day 6 Color GREEN
The warrior goddess Katyayani, worshiped on the sixth day, symbolizes purity and power. White represents the purity of intention, the destruction of ignorance and the path to righteousness. Green is a symbol of fertility, growth and the harmony that comes from balance. It means hope and optimism.
Navratri 2023 Day 6: Significance
Goddess Katyayani is believed to rule the planet Brihaspati, which symbolizes intelligence and peace. Her blessings are believed to have the power to wash away worshipers’ sins, dispel negativity and overcome obstacles. Moreover, unmarried girls often fast in honor of Maa Katyayani to seek her divine grace and find a suitable husband of their choice.
Navratri Day 6: Puja Vidhi
Devotees should start their day by getting up early, taking a bath and wearing new clothes. They should ensure that the puja area is clean and then offer fresh roses to the idol of Maa Katyayani. You can also light lamps (Deepak) and incense sticks as part of your worship. Devotees can offer lotus flowers as a sign of devotion to Goddess Katyayani while chanting mantras and prayers.
Navratri Day 6: Bhog
It is believed that offering honey as Bhog to Maa Katyayani is an auspicious practice during worship.
Navratri Day 6: Maa Katyayani Mantra
- ॥ Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah॥
- ॥ Chandrahasojjvalakara Shardulavaravahana। Katyayani Shubham Dadyad Devi Danavaghatini
- ॥ Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Katyayani Rupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
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