Bagla or Maa Baglamukhi is the wisdom Goddess and one of the ‘Dasamahavidya‘s‘ of the 10 Wisdom Goddesses. She represents the spectrum of feminine divinity that is both horrific and angry on the one hand and gentle or kind, on the other. In the history of Shaktism, the development of Mahavidyas was a crucial turning point. Baglamukhi, the wisdom deity, seem to smash the delusions or misconceptions of her devotees with her cudgel. Being called the Pitambara Maa in Northern India, Maa Baglamukhi is the eighth form of mahavidya. She is the symbol of potent female force or ‘shakti’.
Interesting facts about Baglamukhi Devi
The name of the tenth ‘vidyayas’ is pretty interesting. Her name can be divided into ‘Bagla’ and ‘Mukhi,’ implying power and face respectively. Hence, Baglamukhi bears a face, which has tremendous power to control and capture. She is the very hypnotic power of Goddess. There is another interpretation saying her to be ‘crane face.’ She has a golden complexion and wears yellow attire. She has her abode in the middle of the ocean upon a golden throne surrounded by nectar full of lotuses. Her head is being adorned by the crescent moon.
We have two descriptions found about the deity, that is, ‘Dwi-Bhuja’ and ‘Chaturbhuja.’ The ‘Dwi-Bhuja’ depiction is a milder form and is called ‘Soumya’ where she is seen holding a club in the hand and beating a demon. Her left hand is used to pull out the tongue of the demon. The image is interpreted as the ‘Stambhana’ meaning an immense power to paralyze the enemy. It is the boon from Maa Baglamukhi and so a lot many devotees worship her. She is the very power that defeats the enemies, and anybody willing to do so can perform a ritual and invoke her.
Baglamukhi, the Brahmastra Roopini
Maa Baglamukhi is also addressed as ‘Brahmastra Roopini’ implying she can change anything into an opposite. She can transform speech into silence, knowledge into ignorance, defeat into victory and power into lack. She is the very knowledgeable Goddess where each thing must become an opposite on time. In fact, she is the still point between various dualities. The Goddess allows us to see success behind the failure, good behind bad, death hidden in life and joys concealed in sorrows. She is the secret presence of opposites where everything gets dissolved or changed into the state of unborn.
There was a time when a huge storm took place. The storm threatened to destroy our entire earth, and thus, all the Gods assembled in Saurashtra. Bagladevi, being requested by Gods to appease somehow the storm, appeared from ‘Haridra Sarovar.’ The replica of ‘Haridra Sarovar’ can be seen in the scriptures of Peetambara Peetham where it is described vividly. Ganga can be seen apologizing to Mata Parvati for hurting her sentiments.
Ganga requests Parvati not to go from Kailash. However, Ganga has to depart from Kailash after seeing Parvati in extreme anger. Shivgans, Nandi, everyone requests Parvati not to move out. Even Lord Shiva finds it tough to pacify Parvati. Indra dev and Kartikey request Parvati not to leave. But Parvati moves outside Kailash and takes the form of Bagladevi in order to destroy the evil power and demons.
Temples of Goddess Bagladevi
In Guwahati, there is Kamakhya Temple that is thought to be the centre of Tantricism, and here we can locate the temple dedicated to the Ten Mahavidyas. When you move a few miles from Kamakhya Temple, you find another Temple, which is solely dedicated to Goddess Bagladevi. Most of the temples of Bagaladevi are located in Himachal Pradesh, Bankhandi region, at Nalkheda in the Madhya Pradesh, Peetambara Peeth in Madhya Pradesh. In the South India, you can find a temple at Sree Suryamangalam, Papankulam Village, Kallidaikurichi in the Tamil Nadu.
The Sidhdhapeetha temple dedicated to Bagladevi
In Somalapura, Yadagiri district of Karnataka is the powerful temple dedicated to Maa Baglamukhi. It is called Bagulamukhi Sidhdha Peeth, which was built by the great yogi just after Devi Sakshaatkara. Devi after falling in love with the yogi promises to reside in the very temple Bagulamukhi Sidhdha Peeth. The temple was, in fact, built by a great yogi, Shri Chidanandavadhoota 300 years back. Shri Chidanandavadhoota also composed ‘Shree Devi Charitre’ that is read in each and every household of Karnataka.
Maa Baglamukhi’s worship in Nepal
Nepal worships the Tantric Goddess Baglamukhi. In fact, her worship holds a royal patronage and a temple may also be found. In Nepal, a very large temple is dedicated to Bagaladevi in Newar city Patan, Nepal. The temple is near to Katmandu. There are several other temples in the Patan, Katmandu, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Guheswar.
The divine force Bagalamukhi
The eighth Mahavidya, Bagaladevi, was invoked for the destruction of enemies and evil power. She is the supreme divine force, and it is believed she was invoked by Lord Rama to destroy Ravana along with his descendants. In fact, she is the very incarnation of Parvati.
Maa Baglamukhi Puja for financial crisis
In the Satvik Tantra of Hinduism, Maa Baglamukhi Puja is the powerful remedy for eliminating financial crisis. The Puja can certainly ward off evil powers or influences in your life. Since the Puja is very complex, it is crucial to get in touch with a knowledgeable and very experienced Acharya. The Puja of Maa Baglamukhi is very powerful to vanquish internal and external enemies and is the very form of Siddha Tantra. The Puja can generate great energy, and you gain tremendous confidence to face the challenges of life. It also uplifts your spirit and makes you more determined while infusing you with will power. There are many reasons to take up the Puja. It does away with the obstacles in the profession, losses in business, financial and debt problems.
For success, prosperity, protection from evil, combating legal battles, Maa Bagalamukhi puja is prescribed. The Puja evokes too many advantages for the overall protection and stability in finances. She has the potential to cure even the most deadly diseases. Reciting Bagalamukhi Mantra is thought to offer too many benefits.
ॐ ह्लीं बगलामुखि सर्वदुष्टानां वाचं मुखं पदं स्तम्भय जिह्वां कीलय बुद्धिं विनाशय ह्रीं ॐ स्वाहा ।
Om Hleem Bagalaamukhi Sarvadushtaanaam Vaacham Mukham Padam Stambhay Jihvaam Keelay Buddhim Vinaashaay Hring Om Swaha ।।
Mata 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 ।।
Maa Baglamukhi Gayatri Mantra
ॐ बगलामुख्यै च विद्महे स्तम्भिन्यै च धीमहि तन्नो बागला प्रचोदयात।||
Om baglamukhyae cha vidmahe stambhinyai cha dheemahi tanno bagla prachodayat||