Jai Srimati Bagalamukhi Mahavidya Devi
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Bagala or Bagalamukhi is the eighth Mahavidya in the famous series of the 10 Mahavidyas. She is identified with the second night of courage and is the Power or Shakti of triumph and victory.
Bagalamukhi is described as the Devi with three eyes, of golden complexion, wearing yellow clothes and self-effulgent gems, wearing the Moon as her diadem, wearing champaka blossoms, with one hand holding the tongue of an enemy and with the left hand spiking him. Visualizing her thus, one should meditate on the Paralyzer of the Three Worlds, Srimati Bagalamukhi Devi.
Bagalamukhi can be considered as a terrible or Bhairavi form of Matrika Devi, the mother of all speech. According to Todala Tantra, her male consort is Maharudra, whose one face dissolves the Universe.
The Bagalamukhi Mantra as per Mantra Mahodadhi:
Om Hleem Sarva Dusthaanaam Vaacham Mukham Paadam stambhaya jihvyamkilaya buddhim vinaashaya Hleem Om Swaha
The Bagalamukhi Gayatri:
Om Bagalambayai Vidmahe
Brahmasthra Vidyayai Deemahi
Thannah Stambini Praochandhayat
Bhagavati Bagalamukhi is the great samstambhini (immobilizing or arresting) vidya who keeps the three worlds and the planetary systems locked in their orbits. In the first stage of cosmic cycle (krita yuga), a great disaster arose in the form of vata-kshobha that threatened to destroy the creation. Lord Shriman Narayana, the protector, invoked the Supreme deity Maha Tripurasundari through a specific prayoga named Gheranda-Yoga. Due to this prayoga, Shri Vidya Parameshvari manifested as the great vidya named Bagalamukhi, combining in her the tejas of both Para Shakti and Maha Vishnu (Shakta and Vaishnava). This is the reason for frequent reference to Bagala as Shri Vidya in some tantras and in the Sahasranama of the Goddess as she is the Saishnava manifestation of Shri Vidya, invoked for the specific purpose of stambhana.
There are innumerable worldly uses of this Mahavidya but the greatest benefit the upasaka attains through this Mahavidya is freedom from avidya. In the current age of Kali Yuga when most mantras fail to grant fruits, this Mahavidya continues to grant boons to the sincere upasaka and hence is referred to as siddha-vidya by the Tantras. This Mahavidya is of special significance in the case of rajya bhiyoga. For the mumukshus, this great vidya is of equal importance due to her unparalleled capacity in arresting, sublimating and dissolving vices such as kama and krodha.
In her first hand, Bagalamukhi sports a gada which represents the manifested speech. She sports vajra in her other hand which represents the great destructive or assaultive power of speech. Pasha, which she sports in her third hand represents qualities such as madhurya etc. exhibited by the Devi through which she entices the upasaka towards herself, gradually leading him beyond those to stillness. In her last hand, she grabs the tongue of the demon which represents durvakya or bad words. By grabbing the tongue, Bagala grants her upasaka samyama over the faculty of speech, which is the first and foremost step to conquering other sensory faculties.
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