Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday bowed to Goddess Katyayani on the sixth day of the Navratri festival.
“Mother Katyayani is worshipped on the Shashthi of Navratri. I wish that Mata Katyayani always keep you all healthy and give you a bright future,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Katyayani is worshipped on the sixth day of Navaratri. Like Kalaratri, who is worshipped on the following night, Katyayani is a fearsome sight, with wild hair and 18 arms, each clutching a weapon. Born in a fit of divine rage and anger, she emits a radiant light from her body from which darkness and evil cannot hide. Despite her appearance, Hindus believe that she can bestow a sense of calm and inner peace upon all who worship her. Like Kushmanda, Katyayani rides a lion, ready at all times to confront evil.