Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi

Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is a powerful and ever-existing aspect of the Divine Mother. She presents Her form to us as a Goddess with the head of a male lion and the body of a woman. Her form and energy represent the balance between the masculine and the feminine (Shiva-Shakti). It is a representation of yin-yang, the balance between opposing forces, enabling Her devotees to transcend dualities into Ekatvam, or Oneness with their true Self.

Pratyangira Devi is the embodiment of Dharma (righteousness), Satya (truth) and impeccable justice. She is the Mother of Moksha (liberation), freeing Her devotees of their karmas and from the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. This Mother takes form when there is much to be brought into balance in the world.

The Pratyangira aspect of the Divine Mother has been kept somewhat secret for much of history. In the current Age, the Mother is revealing Herself through Her devotees and servants Swami Shanmuga & Amma Adi Sakthi. They bring Her consciousness and energies into the world in a pristine and approachable manner.

Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi, the Divine Mother, seated on Her lion

Throughout the Ages, Pratyangira Devi has been patiently and gracefully waiting to reveal Herself, with Her heart ready receive us. It is our choice to take hold of Her hand; She has been waiting to embrace us. Through Her Grace, a devotee becomes a pure refined soul.

Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is within each and every being, in all planes of existence. She exists there, waiting to be awakened within. She is known as the Mother of the Void because She comes from a deep place within the Divine Mother, from an area referred to as the Void. In the Void, everything is unmanifest and in a potent state. The state of Void is paradoxical in that it is both powerful and powerless at the same time. In the Void, there are no thoughts of fear, pain, loss, want, desire, or of time and space… just the warmth of the Mother’s love.

Pratyangira Devi devours a devotee’s karmas and answers their prayers so long as they hold pure intentions and walk the path of Dharma. She transforms negative energy by purifying it. The Mother gives Herself entirely as She is an ocean of Grace. She asks of us only our devotion, and in return she gives infinitely, revealing to us our True Nature. Wherever there is sincere devotion, Pratyangira Devi will reveal Herself. She is always by the side of Her devotees and protects them.

Mother Pratyangira teaches us by removing fear and pain from our lives. She shows us that our attachments to certain aspects of our lives cause these circumstances of fear or anguish. A refusal to let go is refusing to release the attachment which causes our pain. If there is pain or fear in one’s life, there is something to be released, and something to be learned. Meditative contemplation and the Mother’s Grace make it possible to let go. Once there is release, there is Void. The experience of this Void for the first time is like a journey home. There has always been this comfort and, there has always been this Mother.

Connecting with the Mother

To raise our vibrations and tune ourselves into the energies of Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi, we need to unlearn a lot to go forward in a pure raw state. We can be one with the Mother in the rawness and stillness of the Void. Sadhana practices of the Mother helps one realize Her and to attain Moksha (liberation). By practicing Pratyangira Sadhana regularly, one becomes imbibed with the Mother’s unlimited energy. As part of the Sadhana, the Mother has given us the simple yet powerful Ksham Meditation, which allows one to transcend ordinary levels of consciousness with ease. The Sadhana helps destroy one’s internal enemies, the impediments to one’s spiritual progress.

Pratyangira Puja benefits people seeking to remove negative forces, pain, fear and suffering from their lives. It is performed personally by Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi to help remove obstacles.

Classical portrait of Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi

Revelation of Divine Mother Pratyangira

Religious teachers and spiritual seekers throughout time have tried to convey and relate their inward experience of God’s many holy aspects with familiar comparisons. Many have experienced and represented Divine energy as feminine and motherly using the term Divine Mother.

Still, as God is infinite, there are many different aspects to the Divine Mother energy. Two rishis (saints) in ancient times experienced one such aspect of the Divine Mother. The rishis, Pratyangira and Angiras, were deeply meditating on the Divine Mother’s Moola (root) Mantra in the ethereal waves of the sound current. Deep in this meditative and blissful state, the rishis discovered a form of the Divine Mother. And though this aspect of the Mother was nameless, She honored the rishis by giving the blessing to be named after them. Henceforth, She has been known as Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. Epics like the Ramayana and Markandeya Purana narrate stories about this Mother’s energy.

As Pratyangira energy manifests, it’s often a very swift and powerful current. Many of the Saints who’ve seen it’s energetic expression have described it as half lion and half human. The head is that of a male lion, and the body is that of a woman, representing the union of Shiva and Shakti. In her full form, she is humongous, with 1008 heads (symbolically representing the 1008-petalled Sahasrara Chakra, the universal chakra of the cosmic energy) and 2016 hands, riding majestically on a chariot pulled by four lions (representing the 4 Vedas), carrying many swords for removing obstacles. The jaws of so many lions make it very powerful for destroying negative karmas, and a great blessing for anyone on a spiritual path. She takes this fierce form to keep Adharma (unrighteousness) under check and to restore Dharma (righteousness).

In present times, the Mother gave an open-eyed Darshan of Herself to Swami Shanmuga & Amma Adi Sakthi. It is for this reason that they consider Pratyangira Devi to be their Gurumata (spiritual parent and teacher).

1008 Headed Pratyangira Devi
Sekhmet, the Egyptian Lion Goddess

Ancient traditions and civilizations like Egypt and Tibet have recognized the energy of Pratyangira Devi, and refer to this Mother as Sekhmet and Simhamukha respectively. Their traditions talk about the astounding potency of this aspect of the Divine Mother. Atharvana Bhadrakali is another of Her names, Bhadra meaning auspiciousness.

Simhamukha, the Tibeten Lion Goddess