The sixth form of Durga is Katyayani Devi. There was a great sage by the name of Kata and his son was Rishi Katyayana who brought worldwide repute to the Katya lineage. He yearned to get Paramba as his daughter and practised austere penance for several years. Consequently the Mother Goddess was pleased and took birth as his daughter. Therefore She was named Katyayani and Her vehicle is the lion. She persistently and relentlessly battles against the evil, deceitful and devious entities.
The legend centred around her says that when Mahishasur, the demon, crossed every limit, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were furious and created a goddess in order to destroy the demon. Sage Katyayana had the first privilege to worship her, so she was called Katyayani.
Ardently Longing for Krishna,Braj Gopis Worship Goddess Katyayani
Unfailingly She is known for granting the wishes of Her devotees. The cowherdesses of Braj worshipped goddess Katyayani with each of them being intensely desirous of having Lord Krishna as their husband.
Goddess Katyayani Relentlessly Battles Against Evil Forces
Her form is extremely divine and radiant with a golden bright and radiant complexion.She has three eyes and eight hands. There are eight types of weapons in her hands. Her vehicle is the lion. She persistently and relentlessly battles against the evil, deceitful and devious entities. Her right upper hand is in a pose of allaying all fears and the lower one is in a pose of granting boon. In her left upper hand she holds a sword and a lotus flower adorns her lower left hand. Her vehicle is the lion.