There are ten tantric goddesses in Sanatana dharma, also known as Dasa Mahavidya (Ten Great Wisdoms), and Devi Bagalamukhi is the eighth of the ten Mahavidyas. She is one of the enraged forms of Adi Parashakti. Her name Bagla comes from the Sanskrit word valga (bridle), which later transformed to vagla and then Bagla. And Mukha means face.
Throughout the Indian subcontinent, people call her by 108 names, among which Devi Pitambari, Brahmastra Roopini, and Shatru Buddhi Vinashini are widely well-known. On Tantric Shastra, Baglamukhi Mata is described as a goddess with a golden skin tone wearing a yellow sari over the throne in the middle of a fully blossom yellow lotus ocean.
Usually, she is represented in two forms; one with two hands where she is pulling the tongue of the demon (Rakshas) with her left hand, while her right hand is holding the club to strike the devil. In her four-arm form, she looks fierce with her third eye, where she has a bowl of demon blood and a sword. Her crown is ornamented with a crescent moon and two golden cranes.
Devi Bagalamukhi is the one who rules over evils by paralyzing their power of speech, mind, and body. In many texts related to Shaktism, she is often linked to yellow color as she dressed up and ornamented in yellow clothes, jewelry, and flowers. Even the devotees of Bagalamukhi Devi wear yellow outfits while worshipping her. Thus, called her by the name “Pitambari Mata,” where “Pitam” means yellow, and “bari “means clothes.
Story of Devi Pitambari Mata
Based on Puranic texts, she appeared in the Satya yuga for the first time in the cosmos. To save the universe from a potent storm, Pitambari mata rises from the lake of Turmeric – Haridra Sarovar.
Besides, other texts even say that a Rakshyas had the wisdom of speech – whatever he speaks- comes into existence. For the welfare of humankind, animals, demigods, and goddesses, Devi Pitambari appeared to kill the Rakshyas by paralyzing his mouth.
In the Shakta Agama called the Mahanirvana Tantram, Lord Shiva says to his consort Sri Adya (Adi Parashakti) about her different forms.
All knowledge and we all are born of you. You know everything and the whole world but no one knows you. You are Kali, Tarini, Durga, Shodasi, Bhuvaneswari, You are Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta. You are Annapurna, Saraswati, and Lakshmi. You are the embodied form of all the Shaktis and that of all the Gods.
– MahAnirvAna Tantram, Chapter 4, Verses 11-14.
How to Worship Bagalamukhi Mata
Following are the steps one should follow when performing the Devi Bagalamukhi puja. The steps are:
- Place a wooden platform for Devi’s statues in the place where you are going to do puja.
- Lay a bright yellow cloth over the wooden platform.
- Set the Bagalamukhi Mata statue (Murti) on the platform with a yellow chunari over it.
- The person performing the puja must wear yellow clothes.
- If you have Bagalamukhi Yantra, you can place it near the Devi. If you don’t have it, make a swastika symbol.
- Begin the puja by lighting the Diya and putting on the Haldi mala (turmeric garland) over Devi’s figure.
- Now, start the chanting of Devi Baglamukhi Bija Mantra and disperse yellow mustangs in the house’s direction.
- Finally, pray to the goddess and ask forgiveness for any crime and mistakes you have made.
Chanting of Bagalamukhi beej mantra provides devotees with a great positive energy flow through the mind, body, and soul. This spiritual mantra removes all the sorrows and pains of individual life and guides them to the pathway of success and peace. This mantra helps people to recover from debts and escalate more property. Besides, it also protects from black magic.
The best time for the Bagalamukhi mantra is Shukla Paksha, Shubh Muhurat, and Early morning. Take an early bath, start the chant, and recite or jap for 125,000 times with a Haldi mala.
Devi Bagalamukhi Bija Mantra
ॐ ह्लीं बगलामुखि सर्वदुष्टानां वाचं मुखं पदं स्तम्भय जिह्वां कीलय बुद्धिं विनाशय ह्रीं ॐ स्वाहा ।
Meaning: Oh, Mother Bagalamukhi, I take refuge in you. Let my enemy’s speech, feet, and organs be inert and let his intelligence be paralyzed so that he does not move further to harm me.
Devi Baglamukhi Mantra for Sarva Karya Siddhi
ॐ ह्रीं ऎं क्लीं श्री बगलानने मम रिपून नाशय नाशय ममैश्वर्याणि देहि देहि शीघ्रं मनोवान्छितं साधय साधय ह्रीं स्वाहा ।
Om Hreeng Aing Kleeng Shri Bagalanane Mam Ripoon Naashay Naashay Mamaishwaryaani Dehi Dehi Sheeghram Manovanchhitam Saadhay Saadhay Hreeng Swaahaa
Bagalamukhi Yantra and its benefits
Maa Bagalamukhi Yantra is a holy device consisting of a symbol or a figure of geometric shapes that generates the power of Maa Baglamukhi. Wearing this Baglamukhi Yantra protects the person from evil energy and leads them to live a happy, peaceful, and prosperous life. It helps to solve all the legal and financial issues. Clear all misunderstandings and confusions. Avoid any kinds of accidents and give you the courage to overcome any problems.
Before this, yantra was drawn on a bhojpatra using turmeric, but now it is carved on copper, gold, or silver plates. After performing Goddess Baglamukhi Puja and other rituals, you become eligible to wear this yantra. For Devi Bagalamukhi Puja, this device is a must-have placed on the wooden platform under Devi’s idol.
The two main shrines dedicated to Devi Bagala are Kamakhya temple, Guwahati, and Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Apart from that, temples related to Baglamukhi scatter to places like Madya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka of India, and some places in Nepal.