Navaratri Day 6 – Goddess Katyayani
In this form, Durga is four-armed and she carries a sword, shield and lotus. One hand is depicted as giving blessing. She rides a lion.
History of Katyayani
The world-renowned sage Katyayana was born in the dynasty of sage Katya. She was an excellent devotee of Goddess Durga and performed an austere penance for many years to propitiate her. Being delighted by his devotion, Goddess Durga appeared before him and asked him to demand the desired boon. Thereupon the great Sage Katyayana demanded that she should be born as a daughter to him. Goddess Durga granted his wish.