Katyayani is considered as the sixth form of Goddess Durga. As she is a "daughter of Katyayan", she is called Goddess Kayani.
Katyayani is depicted as a goddess who radiates like a gemstone seated on a Lion. Her form is extremely divine and radiant. Her complexion is golden bright and radiant. Katyani's upper right hand is depicted in a pose of relieving her devotees from all fears and grant protection (Abhay Mudra) while the lower one is in a pose of granting boon (Vara mudra). Her left lower hand holds a sword, and a lotus flower adorns her upper left hand. KatyayaniKatyayani
Katyayani is the sixth among the Navadurga – the nine supreme forms of Devi... is ever unfailing in granting the wishes of the devotees. She is established as the presiding deity of the Braj area.
According to interesting Hindu mythological legend, once there was a sage named Katya whose son Sage Katyayana performed a hard penance of Goddess Durga to get her born to him in the form of a daughter. The Goddess accepted his request and was born as the daughter of Sage Katyayana of Katyayana clan. She took birth in Katyayan’s ashram to protect the sages and Gods from the demons and devils. Meanwhile, Mahishasura He was a demon who had the power to transform into a buffalo at will. He was blessed by Brahma that no man could kill him. He wanted to take over the heaven and conquer the universe. Durga failed him in his attempt by fighting and killing him. According to some legends, he is believed to be a great devotee of Durga, who played her enemy on her request as she wanted to teach the value of heaven to various Godshad reached heaven to overthrow the Gods from their abode. The trinity of Gods – BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)..., VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. and ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ..., created the Goddess Durga, who was an aggregate of the powers of all the three deities. Sage Katyayana had the first privilege to worship her, so she was named Katyayani after him.
Culture and tradition
Devotees offer honey as Bhog to Goddess Katyayani.
|| Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari ? Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru te Namah ||
It is believed that goddess blessed her devotees to be more attractive, and they would be married soon.