Greatness of Goddess Katyayani
Katyayani is one among the Nava Durgas, the nine forms of the Goddess Durga. Katyayani is a fierce manifestation of Sakthi, the divine female power. The term Durga means ‘the invincible’, and Katyayani, the warrior Goddess, remains as one. Regarded as the sixth of Durga’s nine forms, she is worshipped on the sixth day of the Navaratri festival.
Once, the buffalo-faced demon Mahishasura obtained boons, became very powerful and started harassing all the worlds. Then, the supreme Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva got together and emitted a massive flame, from which emerged Devi Katyayani, with the brilliance of innumerable Suns. With three eyes, 18 arms and a flowing black hair, she was resplendent. While the heavenly beings bowed to her, the Gods armed her fully with powerful weapons like trident, discus, conch, dart, sword and shield, bow and arrows, thunderbolt, mace and battle-axe, and with a rosary and water pot. The Goddess then proceeded straight on her lion mount, along with her army, to take on Mahishasura and his henchmen, fought a fierce battle with him, and ultimately destroyed him. The grateful world celebrated Devi Katyayani’s great victory and hailed her as Mahishasura Mardhini, the slayer of Mahishasura.
There is a special worship called Maa Katyayani Pooja for this Goddess, which Bhagavatha Purana speaks highly about her. Known famously as Katyayani Vrata, this is a unique worship which was undertaken by the maiden of Braj Bhoomi, the land of Krishna in UP, during the Hindu winter month of Margashirsha (Margazhi in Tamil, which is Mid-December to Mid-January), for attaining Krishna himself as their husband. Observing strict austerities including full or partial fasting daily, throughout the month, they used to worship the earthen idols of Katyayani Devi. Many young girls still observe this worship and pray to the Goddess for getting good life partners.
Efficacy of Katyayani Mantras
Mantras are powerful incantations that are packed with immense spiritual energy. There are precise guidelines as to how a Mantra should be chanted, and when done so with devotion, the mantras can create vibrations which can bring peace and joy to the devotees. Katyayani mantras are powerful prayers that will address all the issues concerning marriages. They can provide effective remedies for delay in marriages, and for any marital problems. It is feared that Manglik Dosha, the strong affliction caused by Mangal or planet Mars, can cause all sorts of problems in the celebration of marriages, in marital harmony, and also in the longevity of marriage. Chanting these Katyayani mantras with faith can prove to be a potent antidote for this Manglik Dosha, and it ensures that a suitable match is found quickly for eligible girls, with the marriage taking place early, and the couple leading a long, happy, cordial and peaceful married life. The mantras can also greatly help in clearing all impediments in the love life of young couples, so that their relationships fructify in marriage, and help in blessing them with good progeny, early.
Let us, here, go through some of the powerful mantras of Goddess Katyayani, the sacred chanting of which is believed create wonders in all marriage-related matters.
‘Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari, Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kurute Namah!’
‘Om Hring Katyaynyai Swaha, Hring Shring Katyaynyai Swaha!’
Parvati Mantra for delayed in marriage:
‘Hey Gauri Shankarardhangi Yatha Tvam Shankarpriyaa, Tatha Mam Kuru Kalyaani Kaantkatam Sudurlabhaam!’
Surya Mantra for delay in marriage:
‘Om Devendrani Namastubhyam Devendrapriya Bhamini, Vivaaham Bhagyamaarogyam Sheeghralabham Cha Dehi Me!’
Vivah Hetu Mantra:
‘Om Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadhisvari, Nandgopasut Devi Patim Me KuruTe Namah!’