Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is a powerful Devi who is said to have destroyed Sarabheswara's arrogance. Sarabheswara is a ugra avatar of Siva. She is also known as Narasimhika [ in Kalisahasranama Stotram] : She who is the Ferocious Half Human Half Lion of Courage. It is said that when Narashimhika shake her Lion's Mane, she throws the stars into disarray. She is enveloped as bliss in the letter "Ksham".
Sri Pratyangira Devi is also associated with Sri Cakra. She is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witch-craft. In Sri Cakra worship, she protects the devotees against all odds and guides him/her along the right path.
In some image she is shown as dark complexion, terrible in aspect, having a lion's face with reddened eyes and riding a lion, entirely nude or wearing black garments, she wears garland of human skulls; her hair strands on end, and she holds a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose, a hand-drum and a skull in her four hands. She is also associates with Bhairava, and she has a variant form viz Atharvana-Bhadra-Kali.
About Pratyangira Devi :
Puranas say different ways of origination of Maha Prathiyangara Devi. Some say that Prathiyangara Devi emerged out from the third eye of Sarabheswarar (manifestation of Lord Shiva) with 1,008 lion faces , 2,016 hands and a blood-stained tongue protruding out. She helped to reduce the ferocity of Lord Narashima.
While the other say that when all the Gods were helpless to pacify Lord Narashima , the three Goddess Parvathi Devi ,Saraswathi Devi and Lakshmi Devi created Prathiyangara Devi and sent to fierceful Lord Narashima,who was destroying the whole world after he extinguished the Demon King Hiraniyakasipu. When Prathiyangara Devi sat on Lord Narashima´s thigh he was calmed down.
Some believe that in ancient time when two rishis ,Prathiyangira and Angiras ,were meditating discovered a goddess through a Moola Mantram who was nameless. Later she privileged the rishis by naming her after them and hence she was called as Prathiyangara Devi.
Narasimhika is her another name. ´Naran´ means human and ´Simha´ means Lion, so she appears with Lion´s face and human body.It is also said that she has destroyed the arrogance of the Shiva´s ugra avatar ´Sarabhewarar´. It is believed that when Narashimhika shakes her mane ,she shambles the stars in the universe.
Prathiyangara Devi is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witch-craft. In Sri Cakra worship, she protects her devotees against all odds and guides them along the right path. She is enveloped as bliss in the letter "Ksham".
In some image she is shown as dark complexion, terrible in aspect, having a lion's face with reddened eyes and riding a lion or wearing black garments, she wears garland of human skulls; her hair strands on end, and she holds a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose, a hand-drum and a skull in her four hands. She is also associated with Bhairava, and she has a variant form viz. Atharvana-Bhadra-Kali.
Prathyangira Devi she also has another name Artharvana Bhadra Kali because she is the guardian of our Atharvana Vedam , the vedam which holds the secret of Mantras Tantras Yantras from good to evil. Her Character is straight forward, if you do mistake no forgiveness she punishes right away.
She has got only one temple in whole world which is located in India, in middle of six cemetery , where no archanai or abishegam is performed. In this temple only homam is done on a new moon day. The main ingredient for the homam is dried red chillies.
In the past only brahmins were doing yagams and homams. Normally you don't ask her anything She knows what to do automatically. She is also called the most fierced one of all ,and also she is a secretive deity no one talks about her.
If you are a true devotee she is most wonderful mother you can have but only she knows because she is Maha Shakthi .There is also a contraverse she could be Lord Narashimha's wife Narashimee another form of Maha Lakshmi.
Sri Prathiyangira Devi Temples :
These are the temples of Sri Prathiyangira Devi.
1. Ayyavadi(Aivar Padi) near Kumbakonam(South India).
Here Deity is lion faced with 18 hands.
2. Vedian Enthal a small village near Manamadurai(South India).
Here she is five faced and seated on a lotus.
3. In the corridor of the Karumariamman Temple(Chennai).
4. A private temple at Solinga Nallur(Chennai).
Maha Mantram :
Given below is Pratyangira maha mantram.
"Om hreem ksham bhaksha jvaala jihvey Pratyangirey ksham hreemhum phatt om hreem dhum utthishta purushi kim swabhishi bhayam meysamupastitham yathi shakyam ashakyam vaa thann mey bhagawathi samyasamya swaha dhum hrim om"
Prathyangara Devi Homam is done for destruction of any negative forces (Disease, Misfortune, Obstacles, Rivalry and regaining of Power).
Goddess Prathyangara Devi is worshipped for curing all illness and to prevent major accidents and any health issues caused due to poisoning. It is also believed worshipping this Goddess helps in the removal of all mental blocks.