Framed by a kirtimukha (face of glory) prabhavali, which symbolises Lord Shiva himself, and sitting on a fierce lion, Devi Pratyangira radiates divinity. Also known by the name Narasimhi (one with the head of a lion), she is the consort to Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Many tales are attributed to this goddess who is one of the physical manifestations of Shakti, the primordial energy.
When Satya Yuga came to its destined end, the energy shone from the cosmos and turned into a demon named Vipulaasura. At that moment eight rishis were praying to Ashtalakshmi (Eight Lakshmis) and Vipulaasura decided to disturb their rituals, successfully angering the goddess. In order to protect her devotees, she took a lotus flower in her divine hands and turned it into a shield to protect the rishis so they could pray in peace. Then, she herself transformed into Narasimhi and slayed Vipulaasura. Devi Pratyangura had been given a boon by Shakti herself that she could not be defeated by any deity. For this, when her followers invoke her name, they too ask for triumph over their difficulties. Here, she is protected under the hood of Sheshanag, who is the residence of Lord Vishnu, furthering the attachment between the two deities.
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