Sri Pratyangira Ashtotharanamavali



In some images she is shown with a dark complexion, ferocious in aspect, having a lion's face with reddened eyes and riding a lion, entirely nude or wearing black garments, she wears a garland of human skulls; her hair strands on end, and she holds a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose, a hand-drum and a skull in her four hands. She is also associated with Bhairava, and she has a variant form, namely AtharvanaBhadra-Kali. She is also known by the name Narasimhi. Narasimha is an ugra or ferocious from of Narayana, or Vishnu. By drinking the blood of rakshasas, Lord Narasimha was in a very destructive mode, which made everyone tremble. Shiva came to pacify him and he could not succeed. Lord Shiva took the form of Sharabha a bird and human combination with two wings of shakti. One wing was Shoolini and the other was Pratyangira. This form of Shiva is called Sharabheshwara. Sharabheshwara's efforts or Shoolini's efforts could not control the Ugra Narasimha. Pratyangira was released from his wing and then she took the female form of Narasimha, and calmed down the Lord. Pratyangira is the lion headed form of the divine mother. It is told that if her mantra is used to harm others for material gains and settle enmity it can react and adversely affect the individual performing such rites. Many of the protective forms of deities also have destructive powers, like Pratyangira, Shulini, Siddhakubjika, Raktakali, Aghora, Vatuka, Bhairava, Sharabheshwara, Narasimha, and Sudarshana. They all have destructive aspects and destructive applications are described in the scriptures. It is said that when Lord Narasimhadeva, an incarnation of the supreme Lord Vishnu, did not calm down after the slaying of the demon Hiranyakshipu, many great sages were praying for his peaceful form. Even Lord Shiva was asked to appear in his special form as Sharabha (a bird like creature who devours lions and elephants) to cool down Lord Narasimha. However, when Sharabha approached Lord Narasimha, he became even more ferocious and revealed His special form as Asta Muhka Ganda Berundha Narasimha, having 8 heads. Garuda (eagle face, giving health and counteracting poisons), Varahadeva (a boar face, removing black magic), Hanuman (monkey face, protecting from evil forces, and returning lost objects), Baluka (bear face, protectig in darkness and giving opulence), Hayagriva (horse face, giving wisdom and life force), Vyagra (tiger face, giving protection in battle and liberating from all kinds of diseases, evil spirits and demons), Gandaberundha (two faces of a special bird like phoenix, giving peace of mind) and Lord Narasimha himself (lion face, giving liberation and devotional service to the Supreme). The Sharabha Form of Shiva was then torn apart in a hundred pieces, and only Lakshmidevi in her secret tantric form as Sri Narasimhi was able to bring Lord Narasimha back to His shanti Rupa, peacefully reclining in company with Laxmi devi on Anantashesha.

Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi :- is a powerful Devi who is said to have destroyed Sarabheswara's arrogance. Sarabheswara is an ugra avatar of Lord Siva. She is also known as Narasimhika [in Kalisahasranama Stotram], "She who is the Ferocious Half Human Half Lion of Courage". It is said that when Narashimhika shakes her Lion's Mane, she throws the stars into disarray. She is enveloped as bliss in the letter "Ksham". In the Rig Veda khila kAndam a suktam named Pratyangira sUktam occurs. (Note: Please see videos of Pratyangira Devi mantras and bhajans at the bottom of this article.) Another name of the atharvaveda is atharvAngirasa. Angirasa veda denotes black magic or witchcraft. Angirasa kalpa denotes a manual on witchcraft. Prati-Angirasa denotes counter-witch craft. I hazard a guess that the name pratyangira is derived from this. She is supposed to frustrate the witchcraft attacks by enemies. Sri Pratyangira Devi is also associated with Sri Cakra. She is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witchcraft. In Sri Cakra worship, she protects the devotees against all odds and guides him/her along the right path. The most detailed source for worshipping Pratyangira is Meru Tantra. Pratyangira mantras are also given in Mantra-mahodadhi and some other texts. Pratyangira is sometimes identified with Bhadrakali and Siddhilakshmi. However it is far better to worship Devi in One form as Kali, Kamalatmika, Tara, Tripurasundari etc. Pratyangira sadhana is done mainly to protect yourself from attacks of black magic (Dhurmantravaadam) and to prosper in your life. There are many benefits of this sadhana. Those interested in hearing mantras and bhajans of Pratyangira Devi can find some videos on YouTube (see bottom of this article for one video). There are also a few MP3 albums available on for download: Sarabhesvara & Pratyangira Stothras Sarabhesvara & Pratyangira Kavacham Pratyangira Ashtotharam Sri Pratyangira Gayatri Sri Pratyangira Kavacham, Ashtotharanamam, Samoutikarna Manthram

Prathyangari". and an indication that you were in similar company. he realized the mission of his Avataram and calmed immediately. The Moola Mantram was then created. Seeing Pratyangira in any form was considered an enormous blessing. Narasimhan Ugiram Thaniththavale Potri. many people fear to keep a photo of Prathyangira because she is once again thought of as a Ugraha Deivam or Dushta Deivam. She has hence been known as Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. Her form was powerful. Seeriya Simha mugam etravale Potri. She is also called Narasimhi. Two rishis in the ancient times. the universal chakra of cosmic energy) and 2016 hands. Although the siddha masters and great maha rishis like Sri Dhurvasha Munivar and Puli Paani Siddhar have been devotees of this mother. Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is all powerful and secretly protects devotees and others. 1000 times larger than Sarabeshwarar. 1000 blood stained tongues protruding from her wide opened mouth. so it’s wise to approach with respect and some consideration of what our heart is asking for. One is that with her mouth wide open. In her potri malai she is beautifully described as "Sarabeshan Rekkaiyaal Vandhavale Potri. In her full form. According to another story. The Pratyangira aspect of the Divine has been a bit of a secret for most of these past ages. Pratyangira comes from a deep.Prathyangira Amman is believed to have been born to calm Narasimha Swami's anger and to save the world from his wrath after he killed Asuran Hiranyakashipu. Mahalakshmi & Saraswathi) and with their combined powers incarnated in the form of a Sarabha Pakshi as Lord Sarabeshwarar. and this makes many fear her. Lord Shiva worshiped the Tri Shakthis (Parvati. riding majestically on a chariot pulled by 4 lions (representing the 4 Vedas). Maha Mayee". and a great blessing for anyone on a spiritual path. An awareness of Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi has been only quietly known. "Aval Samaanya Patta Deivam Illai. She is always by the side of Her devotees. The lion head is that of a male and the body is that of a female. discovered this goddess through her moola mantra in the ethereal waves of the sound current. Many believed that direct experience with this energy was reserved for saints and rishis. Similar to Varahi Amman. In her Potri Malai. The jaws of so many lions makes it very powerful for destroying negative karmas. And though this Mother is nameless. However. mahimai. we often find her mouth wide opened. Pratyangira and Angiras. From his wings appeared a huge fearful Goddess called Prathyangira. 2000 hands with multiple ayudham. In her dhyanam we may often see "Narasimhi Kripasindho. The It is believed her creation came with thunder and lightning and as soon as Narasimha Swami saw her huge figure. Many of the saints who've seen it's energetic expression have described it as half lion and half human. Engal Annai Sri Prathyangira Potri". A third story even refers to Mata Prathyangira as having destroyed the ego of Lord Sarabeshwarar. she sucks in . representing the union of Shiva and Shakti.. She is within each and every being in all planes of existence. There are two versions that I have heard about this roopam. and there to be awakened within. They feared that his anger might destroy the three worlds and all creations will come to a stand-still.. because she hosts the face of a lion and body of a beautiful woman. When we look at her. she is referred as "Angirasar Prathyangirasar Dyaname Potri". One story from our purana states that when Hiranyakashipu was killed.beejaksharam (seed letter) of her mantra is ksham (bliss). until recently. 2000 protruded blood shot red eyes. in their deep meditation.. The Gods approached Lord Shiva to help calm Narasimha Swami. deep place within the Divine Mother. she honored these Rishis by giving the blessings to be named after them. People who think like that are ignorant of her karunai. her head rising above the clouds and her feet well into the underworlds. carrying many swords for removing obstacles. Narasimha swami's ugraham was unbearable and could not be pacified by other Gods.. such a current can be understandably rough. Narasimhi.. As Pratyangira energy manifests. it’s often a very swift and sometimes ferocious current. azhagu. with 1008 heads (symbolically representing the 1008-petalled Sahasrara Chakra. she is humongous. it is also believed that Sages Angiras and Prathyangiras meditated on this Devi and as a result Prathyangira appeared in front of them and pleased with their bhakti offered to have their names combined as hers. fearsome with 1000 faces of roaring lions.

Deep Red (preferred by Shantha Prathyangira & Ugraha Prathyangira) 2. The following are Prathyangira Devi's favorite foods: 1. selfrealization. She is not to be mistaken as someone who causes Death or is associated with Death. snakes and other Visha (poisonous) Jeevangal.. Panakam (jaggery crushed in pure water. accidents.. bones and burning pyres. dried ginger) 2.all the Dushta Shakthi. Adhai Koothaadi Koothaadi Pottu Udaithaandi" which conveys that Anyone Born Has to Die one day. We would have heard of this Siddhar Padal "Nandavanathil Ore Andi. 4. Paruppu-Vellam Payasam (made with Kadalai Paruppu. she is the Amman who gives us Gnyanam. In her Potri Malai. Those who have Sarpa Dosham or often get scary dreams involving Snakes can worship Prathyangira Devi for instant relief. The message we need to understand from this is not that she is a Dushta Devadhai. Ellu Urundai 5. Simha Vadhane. 5. curses. snakes on her body. Karaala Dhamshtrey. the Nayaki of Atharvana Vedam. flavoured with cardamom. obstacles. While talking about Prathyangira Amman. Mantram chanted in Sri Maha Prathyangira Homam: Om Ksham Krishna Vasase. Amavasya Ashtami Sunday Tuesday Friday Second interpretation is that she is in a state of Dhyanam. Avan Naalu Aru Madhangalai Kuzhavanai Vendi.Maha Bhairavi. Thanjavur.Black (preferred by Ugraha Prathyangira) The following are special days for pooja for Prathyangira Amman: 1. she is described as "Val Vinaigal Yaavaiyume Theerpavale Potri. she is revealing the truth associated with Maanida Janmam. Coconut and Pure Milk) 3.. Ulundu Vadai 4. Her Potri Malai describes her as "Ashta Nagam Konda Kali Thirisuli". Dates The following are Prathyangira Devi's favourite colors (for sarees): 1.Jwala Jihwe. diseases. Slokam . Theeya Shakthis and releases her bhakthas from Dhrishti and Seivinai. Sarva Shatru Karma Vidhdwamsini. enemies. It is believed that Prathyangira Amman relieves us from Rahu Dosham and Varahi Amman relieves us from Ketu Doshams. By living in the graveyard. In Ayyawadi.Sarva Vyadhir Nikrindha Nikrindha. Sarva Bhootha Dhamani. Engal Annai Sri Prathyangira Potri". Pomegranate 7. She is Sri Chakra Swaroopini. black magic. she is seated in the middle of a graveyard. When one reaches the liberation point or Uccha Dhyana Nilai. Sarva Vignyaan Sindhi Sindhi. she is often associated with Bhairavar.1 Aparaajithaayaicha Vidhmahe Shatru Nishoodhinyaicha Theemahi Thanno Prathyangirayai Prachodhayaath : Slokam . she is described as "Bhairavar Manam Niraindhai Potri".Sarva Bhoothaam Pandha Pandha. Devotees who have experienced her Mahima have shared stories wherein by just spreading her kumkumam around the house or at the entrance of the house acts like a barrier and protects the house and family from Dushta Atma. wrath. but like Lord Shiva.Paramanthra Chetini. Red Banana (Chevvazhai Pazham) 6.Yellow(preferredby Shantha Prathyangira) 4. 3. Worshipping Prathyangira Amman relieves us from all kinds of dosham. Maha Vadhane. Karaala Vakhtre. Valvinaigal. Prathyangira forever performs Dhyanam or Yoga for us. "Ksham" is her Bheeja Mantram. it is believed that the mouth is widely opened. Prathyangire Hreem Swaaha. Sarva Dhushtaan Paksha Paksha. 2. for her bhakthas. She bears 8 The following is Prathyangira Amman's moola mantram and some simple shlokams. Kondu Vandhaan Oru Thondi. Jaggery. She is called Bhairava Pathnee or Atharvana Bhadra Kali (since Kali is considered to be Bhairavar's wife). surrounded by skulls. In her Potri Malai. burnt ashes is the Truth of Life.2 Ugram Veeram Maha Shakthim Jwalantham Sarvathomukham Prathyangira Bheeshanam Pathram Mrityum Mrithyum Namaamyaham .Purple(preferredby Shantha Prathyangira) 3. She is considered to be the protector of the Universe. Paitham Paruppu.

. Prahalada. It is beleived that from this Ayyavadi he performed the Yaga. this village was once called as Aivar Padi. In this temple Homams are conducted every full moon day and No moon day. worshipped Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi and went around in the forests. Devi Prathyangira Sathyam Prathyangira. 2. Here the Devi is seated on the chariot with 4 lions. Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi's worship will take away all evil forces and unsolvable problems from one's life.3 Amma Prathyangira. the 5 Pandavas visited this place. son of Ravana performed a Yaga called "Nigumbalai Yagam".. Ayyavadi(Aivar Padi) near Kumbakonam (South India). the anger and the fierce of Narasimha didnt come down. Sarvam Prathyangira Shozinganalluril Vaazhum Prathyangira Valvinaigal Theerkum Annaiye Prathyangira Sri Prathyangira Gayatri Mantra: Om Aparajeethaya Vidhmahey Pratyangiraya Dheemahi Thano Ugra Prachodhayaath. Here her deity is lion faced with 18 hands.Slokam . A private temple at Solinga Nallur (Chennai).According to legends. Here she is five faced and seated on a lotus. Sarabeswarar went and subsided Narasimha's anger to bring back peace. Om Pratayangiraya Vidhmahey Sathrunisoothiniya Dheemahi Thano Devi Prajothayaath For those who find this difficult. Shakthi accompanied Lord Shiva in the form of Sri Mahaprathyangira Devi seated on one of the wings of Sri Sarabeswara. Located just 500 mts from Uppiliappan temple. In Ramayana. he would have got the powers to kill Rama. But somehow it was spoiled by Lakshmana and Anjaneya before completion. As the five Pandavas worshipped here. it is beleived that the place was called as Aivar Padi which later changed as Ayyavadi. Lord Shiva took a new and powerful form or Avatar as Sarabeswara. Indrajit. This temple for Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi is situated in a small village called Ayyavadi around 6 kms from Kumbakonam. 4. With so much of anger Narasimha couldn't make out between good and bad people and started disturbing everyone and no one could control him. In the corridor of the Karumariamman Temple (Chennai). Lord Vishnu took the Narasimha Avatar to kill the demon king Hiranyakasipu who is the father of . If he had completed the Yaga successfully. just chant "Jay Prathyangira. 3. People prayed Lord Shiva to save them. 8 arms with weapons possessing Lion's face. After being so furiously fought with so much of power to kill the king. Sri Prathiyangira Devi Temples: These are some Prathiyangira Devi: of the temples of Sri 1. with lion's face and eagle's wings. Jaya Jaya Prathyangira" as much as you can. worshipping Sri Maha Prathyangira Devi. after which huge volumes of Red Chillies are offered to the Goddess. kept their weapons under a tree. Vedian Enthal a small village near Manamadurai (South India).