Navratri Day Seven – Invoking Katyayani Ma

Katyayani Ma

Katyayani Ma

On Navratri Day Seven, Monday, October 19, 2015, we invoke and worship Katyayani Mata, the 6th manifestation of Durga. Katyayani Mata rules Jupiter. It was the great Rishi and Grammarian, Katyayana, without whose commentary, the Vedas become obscure, who used the power of his Sacred Speech to invoke Adi Shakti, Herself, and She is born as his daughter to save Speech by slaying the Great Buffalo Demon, Mahishasura, who oppresses the sacrifice. The very repository of mantras, which we may intuit as the unfolding lotus, Katyayani Mata blesses Her devotees with her two mudra hand gestures of abhaya, “no fear”, and varada, “the giving of boons.”

She may be invoked and worshipped with the following mantra:

YA DEVI SARVBHUTESHU MAM KATYAYANI RUPENA SAMSTHITA
NAMASTASYAI NAMASTASYAI NAMASTASYAI NAMO NAMAH
CHANDRAHASOJJVAL KARA SHARDULVARVAHANA
KATYAYANI SHUBHAM DADYAD DEVI DANAVGHATINI

AND ALSO:

OM HRIM KATYAYANI SWAHA (108 RECITATIONS OF THIS KATYAYANI MANTRA)

About the Author

Baba Rampuri, author of "Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India," and frequent commentator on Oral Tradition, Sacred Speech, and Consciousness, is an American expatriate,  the first foreigner to be initiated into India's largest and most ancient order of yogis, the Naga Sannyasis of Juna Akhara.  He has lived in India since 1970, where he practices and teaches the oral tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, conducts sacred ceremony and rites, and hosts workshops and retreats.

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