Shri Maha Pratyangira Devi Temple


Prathyangira, also called Narasimhi, Narashimhika and Atharvana Bhadrakali is a Hindu Goddess associated with Shakti. She is a form of Adi Parashakti and is the consort of Sharabha. She is described as a goddess with a male lion’s face and a female human body. She holds the combined destructive power of Vishnu, Shiva and Shakti. This combination of lion and human forms represents the balance of good and evil. In Shaktism, Pratyangira is Siddhilakshmi, a form of Guhya Kali. In Vaishnavism, Pratyangira is Narasimhi, the power of Narasimha avatar. In Durga tradition, Pratyangira is Purna Chandi, the fiery destructive power of Brahman. In the Vedas, Pratyangira is Adharvana Bhadrakali, the goddess of Adharva Veda and magical spells. Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is a powerful Devi who is said to have destroyed Sarabheswara’s arrogance. Sarabheswara is an ugra avatar of Lord Siva. She is also known as Narasimhika, “She who is the Ferocious Half Human Half Lion of Courage”.

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