Goddess Pratyangira

Goddess Pratyangira or sometimes called Narasimhi or Narashimhika, is a Hindu Goddess associated with Shakti, the Hindu concept of eternal energy. She is described as a goddess with a lioness’s face and a human body. This combination of lion and human forms represents the balance of good and evil. She is also known as the Goddess of victory. Her consort is Lord Sarabeshwara (an avatar of Lord Shiva) and her mount is a lion.

Goddess Prathyangira has a lion face, usually many arms, and many legs in legends and depictions. She also appears sometimes blue. Goddess Prathyangira’s lion face usually also protects the good from evil. She has thousand heads making the evil fearful and the good protected. This clearly indicates that she is a very protective Goddess for her devotees. She is also depicted with a thousand weapons in her hands.

 

Origin

As told in the epic, Markandeya Purana, Lord Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu, killed the unruly King Hiranyakashipu by tearing up his body and drinking his blood. Because of the anger in Hiranyakashipu’s body and the malicious effects of human blood, Lord Narasimha was drunk on rage and could not be stopped. To calm him down with the power of compassion, Lord Shiva came down as Lord Sarabeswara, a bird-animal-human hybrid. Upon seeing this, Lord Narasimha created Lord Gandaberunda, a two headed-bird that was Lord Sarabeswara’s opposite. Upon seeing this, Lord Sarabeshwara morphed and turned into Lord Bhairava (Lord Shiva’s most fierce form) and with his powers, created the goddess Prathyangira from his third eye. All the gods praised her as she calmed Lord Narasimha down by sitting on his lap.

Another legend states that in ancient times a Rishi (sage), Prathyangira was meditating and through a root mantra, discovered a nameless goddess. Later she honored the Rishi by naming herself after the sage and hence, she was called as Prathyangira Devi.

 

The Goddess of Victory

The Goddess of Victory

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