As Katyayani, Goddess Shakti holds in Her hand a lotus flower, reminding us to maintain the purity of our soul, regardless of the external circumstances. Lotuses grow in the mud, but with their will power they pierce through the dirty surface to blossom as the most beautiful of all flowers. This is why lotus flower is also a symbol of devotion and Anuradha nakshatra itself. However, the Mother in this form is also holding a sword, reminding us, that bhakti is not just about sweetness, but it also requires self-sacrifice and cutting away all those things, that still impede our spiritual growth. She is also mounted on a lion, representing Her inner power. In this way, Mother Katyayani reminds us that bhakti is not just about this sweet aspect, as we usually perceive it, represented by lotus flower in Her hand. Bhakti is a fierce force, which transforms all, if we just surrender to it, let go of everything from the past and decide to walk with courage on the path of Love and devotion to the Supreme.