The Wikipedia page on Ma Katyayini mentions:

She is first mentioned in the Taittiriya Aranyaka part of the Yajurveda. Skanda Purana mentions her being created out of the spontaneous anger of Gods, which eventually led to slaying the demon, Mahishasura, mounted on the lion given to her by Goddess Parvati. This occasion is celebrated during the annual Durga Puja festival in most parts of India

Is there a mention of Goddess Katyayini or any other Nava Durga forms in the Tattiriya Aranyaka or any Vedic scripture? If not which is the oldest scripture to refer to any of them (separately or together as a group)?

  • Shakti is Mother Maya and gives lot of worldly fruits easily, do you think ancient wise sages who were trying to get out of Maya and making others to get out of it would worship her or encourage her's worship. Its for Kalyuga when people are unwise and short lived that the secret worship of Shakti and Tantra are revealed to mankind
    – user10298
    Oct 15, 2018 at 5:20
  • No there is no mention. Oct 17, 2018 at 0:22
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    Good question @Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Nov 9, 2019 at 12:39

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Devi atharvasirsha upanishad mentions the names of Kaalaratri and skandamata forms of navadurga.

  • Please add the scriptural reference from the Upanishad that would help your answer Sep 9, 2020 at 7:15

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