Goddess Pratyangira is associated with Shakti Devi and is one of the many forms of Adi Parashakti. She is the consort of Sharabeshwara (part animal and part bird form of Shiva). Pratyangira Devi is said to have the power to remove the effects of witchcraft and black magic. Fridays, Tuesdays, Sundays, Amavasya, and Ashtami days are very auspicious for the worship of this Goddess. She is a powerful Goddess who is also known as Narasimhika (half human and half lion). She protects devotees from negative and evil influences.
She is often portrayed as a dark-hued Goddess, with a lioness’s face and a human body. She is ferocious and wears a garland of skulls. In her four hands, she holds a drum, a skull, a trident, and a serpent. Her vahan or vehicle is a lion. She is a combination of Shiva, Goddess Shakti, and Vishnu. Her lioness face and human body symbolize the balance of good and bad. When performing Pooja or Homa for this Goddess, people offer things like payasam, panakam, dates, and pomegranate, which are her favorite foods. She also likes colors like Red, Yellow & Black, so one can offer saris in such colors for Pratyangira Devi Homam or pooja.
The Incarnation Of Adi Parashakti
In the Shiva Purana and Markandeya Purana, it says that when the Satya Yuga began, Lord Vishnu took the fierce avatar of Narasimha (fourth avatar) to save his devotee, Prahlada, and kill the demon king Hiranyakashipu, who was Prahlada’s father. He tore apart the demon’s body and drank his blood. Even after doing this, Narasimha’s rage did not abate. He went on roaring loudly and wanted to destroy the three worlds. The other gods panicked. Even Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, could not mollify him. Then they all went to Shiva and begged him to do something and pacify Narasimha. Shiva first approached Narasimha in the form of Veerabhadra and tried to calm him down. But this proved futile. Then Shiva took the form of Sharabha, a fierce creature that was part animal and part bird. On seeing Sharabha, Narasimha took the form of a mighty, two-headed bird called Gandaberunda. Both of them fought for several days. To put an end to their fight, Goddess Shakti created Pratyangira. Hearing Pratyangira’s roar, Sharabha and Gandaberunda ended their fight. Pratyangira Devi was created with the combined powers of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Shakti, so she is more powerful than the other gods.
Another version says that two sages, Pratyangira and Angira, were meditating to find a Goddess through a mantra. The Goddess did not have a name, and she gave them the right to give her a name. The sages named her Pratyangira Devi. ‘Prat’ means ‘reverse’ and ‘Angira’ means ‘attacking’. She is also called Narasimhi. ‘Nara’ means ‘human being’ and ‘Simhi’ means ‘lioness’. It was because of her lioness’s face and the human body that she got this name.
Pratyangira Gives All-round Protection
In South India, Pratyangira is called Atharvana Bhadrakali, who has the power to reverse the effects of black magic and witchcraft. She got this name as she is the ruling Goddess of the Atharva Veda. Atharva Veda has many spells that can cure diseases as well as magical formulas. Goddess Shakti granted two boons to Pratyangira Devi, saying that the protection she offered would be secure and no one, even Shakti, could not destroy it. The second one was that if any devotee invoked her for any reason, Pratyangira would surely give them victory. A highly popular Goddess, she is worshipped for defensive power, as she can grant protection from all evil forces.
A Sacred Ritual To Worship Pratyangira Devi
According to the Ramayana, Prince Indrajit, the son of the demon king, Ravana was performing Nikumbala Homam when Rama was waging war in Lanka. This yagya is a sacred ritual for Pratyangira Devi. But Lord Hanuman tried to stop this ritual because it would have given Indrajit complete invincibility if he had completed the Yagya.
Benefits of Pratyangira Homa:
Pratyangira Homa or Fire Lab offers many benefits:
*Removes the influences of negative and evil forces
*Good for the welfare of the family
*Relief from black magic, witchcraft, curses, and evil spells
*Protection from enemies
In some of her temples, special Poojas are performed on Ashtami and Amavasya days. Those who worship her can achieve victory in their endeavors.