Sri Pratyangira has been described variously in various Tantras. Nikumbhila Devi, whom you mentioned, who was worshipped by Indrajit, Ravana's son, is none but Pratyangira.However, it is not that Prathyangira Devi did not support Indrajit's upasana but that bad karma took over. When bad karma takes over by virtue of bad actions in this and previous births, then no amount of upasana can save the person. This is to be understood properly. What then would be needed is to do more vigorous sadhana with true prayaschitta bhava.
What happened when Indrajit started to support his father's bad karma?- his own upasana became vyartha and Hanuman went ahead and destroyed Indrajit's worship modality(Kruthya-prayogam) This has nothing to do with Devi Prathyangira.You can substitute the Devi with any other divine shakthi.
It is said that even to this date, there is a particular spot where Indrajit started his worship for Nikhumbhala Devi and many a Tamil-Tantrics I know frequent that place.
Pratyangira is also seen as Mahasudarshana. While Kartaviryarjuna is an Avatara of Sudarshana Chakra, the Jwalavatara of Sudarshana is said to be Pratyangira.That is why it was easy for Karthaveeryaarjuna to do his upasana for Nikhumbhala Devi.
Many things run by Karma and rinanubandhana, Srinivas!
One other legend which comes to my mind is that of Lord Shiva whoassumed the form of Sharabheshwara to calm Nrisimha. Sharabheshwara hugged Nrisimha tightly to calm him down but instead got wilder. Now, both Nrisimha and Sharabha startedcreating havoc!
Sri Mahatripurasundari Rajarajeshwari Devi then seeing this rigmarole, created the MahOgra rupa of Maha Pratyangira devi, with thousands of hands and thousands of lion faces.
This goddess, who is the most fierce form of Sridevi ever known, calmed both Nrisimha and Sharabha by a mere laughter and absorbed all their eenrgies. Thus, Pratyangira represents the summation of the Ugra and Tivra Shaktis of Shiva, Shakti and Narayana.
She holds in her, Sharabha, Nrisimha and Shakti.
Pratyangira Upasana is not a joke. I have repeated this often and to curious people in my group(see my older postings on the subject), dissuaded them from taking the upasana by merely seeing the ugra rupa and getting excited.
<span>She may be worshipped by reciting Pratyangira Rk(Paipaladeeyam) or by Tantrokta mantras for Brahmi, Narayani, Raudri, Ugra Kritya or Atharvana Bhadrakali Pratyangira. Of these, the most severe mantra is that of Atharvana Bhadrakali.</span>
The "ksh..." beejam and Prathyangira Stava-rajam are said to be especially very powerful as also prathyangira -ekaakshari.I refrain from giving out the mantra as even if I type them and someone reads them, it forms a bit of an initiation from me, which I want to avoid. Iam aware of the fact that some online sites(who have no idea what they are doing) and some books available in the mantra do reel out the mantras and beejas(however, I have seen that 99.95% have made one mistake or the other, which will overtime of cultivation by the reader give detrimental effects).
Sri Devi is also seen as the wife of Sharabheshwara, whose other wife is Shulini Durga. Pratyangira Upasana is generally possible by only those who have obtained Purna Diksha of Srividya as Pratyangira is the chief warrior goddess of Sri Lalita's army. Also for shamana(cooling Her) of the marmas after the upasana one needs to do certain mantras from the srividya lore, which can accrue upon only through an initiation.
One needs to be extremly cautious during Pratyangira Upasana. For every thousand recitation of her mantra, an equal number of Bala needs to be done. Some tantras also say that 1008 repetitions of Gayathri are needed for one mantra of prathyangira! Such is the puissance.According to Pratyangira Kalpa of Akasha Bhairava Tantra, equal number of Sharabha Japa is also necessary. The side effects of this mantra are severe.
In the words of Harshaji of Kamakoti Mandali:"To quote a personal example, every year during Shishira Ritu, Iundertake this purashcharana for a month. During this time, skin getscharred, eyes turn red, there is severe acidity and a sense of a hugeentity residing within. By the end of Purashcharana, it becomes sooverpowering that thousands of Bala mantra Japa becomes necessary tocalm Sri Paramba. Pratyangira Devi destroys all Abhicharas, Kritrimasand can break most of the known Krityas. Without complete guidancefrom an accomplished master, Pratyangira Upasana simply measn riskingone's life. The easier way is to worship Sri Lalitamba through thedivine Sahasranama. By simply doing this, one gets protection fromPratyangira, Sharabheshwara, Varahi and Martanda Bhairava".
Let me narrate one experience from my side too!
I used to frequent one Tantric in Chennai and finally after years of seva to Him, I learnt certain procedures for PrathyangirA, including a way to do a homa(using red chillies,cloves,etc). I have stopped doing it at the behest of my Srividya Guru who said "We have nothing to do with it".
During those days, I had one "friend" who was in business and he tempted me with good money and opportunities, to make me do a krithya for him. His intention was to decimate a guy in Indonesia. I said forthright, "I will not do such a thing, what harm has he done. Even if he has done some harm, it gives us no right to kill him, we have to bear our sufferings with a smile". I tried to instill some sense in him thus. But he would not listen and said "You have backstabbed me, Goodbye!". I just smiled and kept quite as he leaved in a huff.
Now, this guy acting very pious and humble had taken from me a prathyangira mantra, few weeks before the face-off. This person after the incident, used the very same mantra on me! Sitting and doing in the night a procedure given by me!
Can you attack your Guru?(Though, i never arrogate myself to the position of a guru, if I give a mantra to someone, I automatically become his Mantra-Guru atleast)
As I said before everything is determined by karma.
That night, I saw a hand(nakha-damshtra-yuktham) strangling my neck. I could see just a white light and the experience was really terrifying.I did not see the Devi and my voice was choked. I could not even think and started communicating with the "white-light-apparition-shakthi" athmically.
Following was the dialogue:
" Who are you, why do you strangle me?"
"Iam Prathyamgira, if I reveal to you, you will be burnt to cinders. Keep quite, Fool!"
" What wrong have i done? Why this strangulation?"
She then showed me a scene of this "friend" of mine doing the krura-kruthya on me.
I then realized what had happened.
I then said " Amma, to die in your hands is my bhagya. Many millions of years of my papa will be decimated by your mere touch.Iam a sinner, a total sinner and abhagyin, Iam thankful to (my friends name) for doing this to me. Who will have the bhagya in this kaliyuga to see you so freely and still talk with you! It is verily your karuna...."
I could not speak for some time.
I felt the hand on my neck releasing a bit but the white light was still there.
I then spoke out aloud.
"Amma Amma Amma....nandri nandri(thankyou in tamil)....atheetha kripaa meedhi("your compassion is great"...in telugu...when emotional, a combination of Tamil, Telugu and English come)....But Amma, i gave the mantra to this guy and he is harming me because I rejected his request of using your mahashakthi for a nefarious purpose. Please burn me to cinders, if you think my statement is wee-bit wrong"
Lo behold! I could then see two eyes(very fierce and leonine) appear in the white light, looking at me very seriously as if to test my sincerity.
"ALRIGHT THEN, BLESS YOU"
And She turned back and I could see hoards of Her ganas behind Her shouting "PRATHAYNGIRA PRATHYANGIRA...PRATHYANGIRA..." And the white light disappeared, I could see a faint image of a human form but of a lion mane(from behind) walking away into AkAsA.
This happened @ 4 am-ish in Chennai, two years before my marriage.
Why was I attacked in the first place? Because, I had given the mantra to a shatha and dushta."Na shathaaya na dusthaaya...karhichit.."(Lalitha Sahasranama). This was my karmic angle.
What happened later? My "friend" was severely punished. He even tried to commit suicide by drinking Dettol because he had a "love-failure" and "business-failure".
But this taught me 5 lessons.
1. Guru's upadesha is to be followed
2. Never fall for sensationalism and the romance and mysticsm of tantra and lose your head.
3. Never give mantras to undeserving people.
4. Karma leaves none(including the Guru)
5. Don't play with ugra-Shakthi's too much, unless you know how to handle their energies.
With this caveats, please do your research on the deity and seek out a true upasaka and then take the initiation.
On the other hand, Lalitha sahasranama after panchadasi initiation will serve a purpose more than prathyangira upasana.
Srividya upasana is the ultimate. Dont forget this!
SRI PRATYANGIRA MAHA MANTRA.
"OM HREEM KSHAM BHAKSHA JVAALA JIHVEY PRATYANGIREY KSHAMHREEMHUM PHATT OM HREEM DHUM UTTHISHTA PURUSHIKIM SWABHISHI BHAYAM MEYSAMUPASTITHAM YATHI SHAKYAM ASHAKYAM VAA THANN MEYBHAGAWATHI SAMYASAMYA SWAHA DHUM HRIM OM"&
"OM APARAJEETHAYEH VITHMAHEYPRATYANGIRAYEH TEEMAHEY THANO UGRA PRAJOTHAYAATH...OM PRATAYANGIRAYEH VITHMAHEY SATHRUNISOOTHINIYEH TEEMAHEYTHANO DEVI PRAJOTHAYAATH..."
"OM Sarabheshwara Saantha Kaarini VidmaheUgra Narasimha Shakthi Swaroopini DheemahiThanno Sri Prathyangira Devi Prachodayaath "
Sri maha Prathyangira thevy is a powerful thevy who is said to destroyed Sarabeswar of ’s arrogance. Sarabeswara os a ugra avatar of Lord Shiva.She is also known as Narashimhika [ in KALISAHASRANAMA STOTRAM].She who is the ferocious half human and half lion of courage.
|| Sri Prathyangira maala mantra ||
Om nama krsna vaa'sase
Sadha sahasra kodi simmaasane
Sahasra vathane asdaatha sabuje maha bale
Maha bala balaakrame ajithe abaraajithe
Thevy Maha prathyangire prathyangirase
An'ya para karma vith thuvamsini
Para mantro chaadini
Para mantro saathini
Sarva bootha thamani
Ge'am Sa'um prem greem grom
Maam sarva ubathra vepya'ha
Sarva aapathyo raksha raksha
Raam greem Sreem grom
Sarva thevanaam mugam stambaya stambaya
Sarva viknam chinthi chinthi
Sarva thushdaan bakshaya bakshaya
Vakhtralaya jvaala jikve karaalavathane
Sarva yenthraani skodaya skodaya ;throdaya throdaya
Prathyasura samuthraan vithraavaya vithraavaya
Sam ravoothra moorthe
Maha Prathyangire, Maha Vithye, shaanthim kuru kuru
Mama sakthron bakshaya bakshaya
Om kraam kreem krum Jambe jambe
Mohe mohe Stambe stambe
Om kreem um'bat swaha
Om kreem eem gla'um sreem sa'um
Aim u'm krsna vasane
Sadha sahasra simma vathane
Ashdaatha sabuje maha bale
Sadha paraakrama poojithe
Ajithe abaraajithe thevy prathyangire
Para saiv'ya para karma vith'thuvamsini
Para manthra para yanthra para thanthra uch'chagini
Para vithya grasa gare sarva bootha thamani
Sham gla'um sa'um eem greem glim glaam iyek'kyegi
Prathyangire chitha chith'roobe
Sarva upathra vepya'ha
Sarva graga thoshepya'ha
Prathyangire maam raksha raksha
Graam greem groom gra'im ra'um knaha
Shaam sheem shoom sha'im sha'um cha'ha
Glaam gleem gloom gla'im gla'um gla'ha
Prathyangire para bramha mahishi
Parama kaarunike 'ehi
Mama sarire aaveshaya aaveshaya
Mama grathaye skura skura
Mamaam shep praskura praskura
Sarva thoshtaanaam vaasham
Mugam vatham stambaya stambaya
Jikvaam keelaya keelaya
Uth'thim vinaashaya vinaashaya
Prathyangire maha kundalini chandrakala vathamsini
Vethaala vaagane prathyangire kabaala maala thaarini
Baanasana paanipaathra buritham
Mama sathru sronitham biba biba
Mama sathrun maam samkaathaya kaathaya
Mama sathrun thaadaya thaadaya
Mama vairijanaan thaga thaga
Mama vithvesha kaarinam
See'krameba bakshaya bakshaya
Sri Prathyangire bakthakaarunike
See'krame vathayaam kuru kuru
Sathyo jvara jaakya mukthim kuru kuru
Vethaala bramma raaksha saathim jagi jagi
Mama sathrun thaadaya thaadaya
Praa'rabtha sanjitha priyamaanaan thaga thaga
Roga yukthaan kuru kuru
Prathyangire,praana sakthi maye
Mama vairi jana pranaan gana gana
Marthaya marthaya naashaya naashaya
Om sreem greem gleem sa'um gla'um
Prathyangire maha maaye
Thevy thevy mama vaanjitham kuru kuru
Maam raksha raksha Prathyangire swaha ||