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Sri Pratyangira devi

Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi

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Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is a powerful manifestation of a divine mother who is ever willing to shower her grace upon her devotees. She is described as a goddess with the head of a male lion and the body of a woman. This unique combination represents the union of Shiva and Shakti. In Vaishnavism, she is referred to as Narasimha, the power of Narasimha. Pratyangira is Siddhilakshmi, a form of Guhya Kali In Durga tradition, Pratyangira is referred as Purna Chandi. In the Vedas, Pratyangira is Adharvana Bhadrakali, the ruling goddess of Atharva Veda.

The Pratyangira aspect of the Divine Mother has been kept somewhat secret for much of history. According to Markandeya and Shiva Purana, after killing Hiranyakashipu, Lord Narasimha became uncontrollably ferocious. To calm him down, Lord Shiva came down as Sharabhaeswara, a bird-animal. Upon seeing this, Lord Narasimha created Gandaberunda, a two-headed bird to fight against Sarabeswara. 

Seeing this, Shiva became more ferocious and from his third eye, he created Pratangira Devi. In another version, Maha Pratyangira Devi was discovered by two rishis in their meditation through a moola mantra. The term Prati means reverse and Angiras means attacking. Thus, Devi Pratyangira is the one who reverses any attacks

She is described as a Goddess with a dark complexion, with a lion’s face, reddened eyes, disheveled hair, and protruding tongue. She rides on a lion, wearing a garland of human skulls. She holds a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose, a hand drum, and a skull in her four hands. Behind her terrible appearance lies a wonderful mother who is soft-hearted and always ready to help her children. Praying her whole-heartedly will surely help you to overcome any type of problem. Maha Pratyangira Devi is the fiercest and most fearsome aspect of the Divine Mother. She is mainly invoked to get rid of enemies, both internal and external, who may be causing extensive damage to us and cannot be overcome by normal means. She is considered the One who reverses the bad effects, no matter how powerful they may be. She is also prayed for additional protection during major crises. All the obstacles, and problems whether monetary, relationships, physical, or mental is destroyed by her worship. Another reason for invoking Her would be to get rid of chronic diseases. If all other efforts of medication have been exhausted, one can seek Her grace to help with the cure. Her grace could help the body to respond better to the medication and to diagnose and cure the ailments. She is also known as Siddha Lakshmi, who helps in relieving all financial problems and also showering abundance. Pratyangira Devi eliminates negative thoughts that are within us. In Srividya Aradhana, she is worshipped for the removal of obstacles in worshipping Sri Lalitha Maha Tripura Sundari.

Pratyangira Devi is also referred in Ramayana, as goddess Nikumbala whom Indrajeet worshipped to gain victory over Lord Sri Rama.But Lord Hanuman destroyed it because he knew that Indrajeet would win the war if he completes the Homam. Such is the power of Pratangira devi homam. She is mainly worshipped on Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays, and on Ashtami and Amavasya.