कात्यायनी शुभं दध्यादेवी दानवघातिनी॥
candrahāsojjvalakarā śārdūlavaravāhanā |
kātyāyanī śubhaṁ dadhyādevī dānavaghātinī ||
candrahāsa – candrahāsa, ujjvala – luminous, karā – in hand, śārdūla – best, vara – best, vāhanā – vehicle, kātyāyanī – mother kātyāyanī, śubhaṁ – auspicious, dadhyā – confer, devī – goddess, dānava – demons, ghātinī – the destoryer
May Goddess Kātyāyanī, holding the luminous sword named candrahāsa, who travels on the best of vehicles, the Lion, the destroyer of demons, be ever auspicious upon me.
With the world being engulfed with the evil doings of the great demon mahiṣāsura, Sage Kātyāyana, son of Saga Kata from the gotra Kātya, prayed to the divine to incarnate as his daugher and protect the world from demonic forces. The divine mother accepting this request, created her form of Goddess kātyāyanī, by combining the partial energies of Lord Brahmā, Lord Viṣṇu and Lord śiva.
Goddess kātyāyanī, seated on her Lion, is ever conferring spiritual and material fruits to her followers. She is the chief goddess of veneration in the area of Braj, the land of Lord Krsna. Her appearance is of fair complexion, beholding four hands. Her upper right hand symbolising the gesture of fearlessness, her lower right hand symbolising the gesture of excellency, her left upper hand adorning the great candrahāsa sword and the lower hand adorning the lotus flower.
For tantric worship, her followers should concentrate on her image in the fifth spiritual discus, ājñā cakra.
chandrahAsojjvalakarA shArdUlavaravAhanA .
kAtyAyanI shubhaM dadhyAdevI dAnabadhAtinI ..