Goddess Pratyangira is a Hindu Goddess
associated with Shakti and is also revered as Narasimhi (divine energy of Lord
Narasimha). It is said that when Lord Narasimha (Vishnu incarnation) killed
Hiranyakashipu by tearing his chest and drinking his blood, he became so bloodthirsty that even Shiva’s avatar of Sharabha (bird-animal-human hybrid) couldn’t
Therefore to pacify Narasimha’s anger, Goddess Lakshmi incarnated
as Goddess Pratyangira or Narasimhi to put the situation in control.
Worshipping Goddess Pratyangira is an act of getting rid of black magic, evil
doshas and enhance prosperity. The story behind Goddess’ unique name is that in
ancient times, two rishis, Pratyangira and Angiras, while in their deep
meditation discovered the Goddess through moola mantra and the Mother Goddess
honored these rishis by naming herself as ‘Pratyangira’ after them.
As also carved in this brass sculpture, Goddess Pratyangira is always shown in a ferocious form with the head of a lion and the body of a female representing the union of Shiva and Shakti, hence also named as Narasimhi. The sharp curve of her torso and the finite bents of her legs are symbolic of her confidence in her actions. Zoom in to the face features for a realistic depiction of her assertive qualities, with the eyes protruding out and teeth grinding in anger. Referred to as the warrior Goddess, she holds her various weapons- trident, damaru, the serpent (symbolic of the serpent noose), and a skull bowl for the destruction of evils.
Lion is the king of the jungle, and this royal (rajas) nature of being superior over others, suites well with Goddess Narasimhi’s personality, which is why she is depicted as seated on a lion. Not to ignore the beauty of the sculptor’s creativity while carving out the lion’s wrathful face and the dense hair strands curved backwards.
One of the unique aspects of this sculpture is the four corners of the pedestal being occupied by the divine four apsaras, each flying with a garland of flowers in their hands as a heavenly celebration for curbing Lord Narasimha’s anger and saving the world. She is worshipped as a Mother Goddess who leads her devotees towards a path of self-realization.
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