Pratyangira Devi is one of the most powerful Goddess who is also known as Narasimhika. She is in the form of half human and half lion. It is said that when Pratyangira Devi shakes her Lion’s mane, she throws the stars into disarray. The beeja akshara of this Goddess is the word “Ksham”.
In the Atharva Veda, the Angirasa kalpa has a manual on witchcraft and the Prati Angirasa has a manual to counter the witch craft. The name of Pratyangira Devi is said to have arrived from this aspect as she is the Goddess to counter the black magic. She is also associated with the Sri Chakra where in she protects the devotees from all evil influences generated by witch craft.
Pratyangira Devi is often depicted as the one with a dark complexion, ferocious and having alion’s face and riding on a lion. She is also seen wearing a garland of human skulls and holds a trident, a serpant, a drum and a skull in her hands. She is also known as Narasimhi.
According to legend, two sages Pratyangira and Angiras discovered the Goddess through deep meditation of her moola mantra. And hence she came to be known as Goddess Pratyangira Devi.
It is believed that worshipping Pratyangira Devi will relieve the person from enemies, diseases, curses, obstacles and black magic.
Goddess Pratyangira is also referred to as ‘Atharvana Bhadrakali’, identified in the Atharvaveda with Kali.