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Bagalamukhi Jayanti : A Day Goddess Baglamukhi Appeared On Earth

Bagalamukhi (The Goddess who seizes the Tongue)

Goddess Bhagalamukhi is one of the Dasamahavidya Goddesses. Bagalamukhi in general terms


means Goddess whose face has supremacy of confining the mind and thus can control the
individuals. The name literally means “crane faced, which is how this goddess is sometimes
depicted. She has a golden complexion and her cloth is yellow. She sits in a golden throne in the
midst of an ocean of nectar full of yellow lotuses. A crescent moon adorns her head. She holds a
club in her right hand with which she beats an enemy, while pulling his tongue out with another.
This image is sometimes interpreted as an exhibition of stambhana, the power to stun or paralyze
one’s enemy into silence. This is one of the boons for which Bagalamukhi’s devotees worship
her.

Baglamukhi Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Bagalamukhi incarnated on earth to
protect devotees and restore dharma. Bagalamukhi Jayanti is observed on Vaisakh Shukla
Astami or the 8th day in brighthalf of Vaishakh month. On this day Maa Baglamukhi appeared to
destroy the enemies of their devotees. So, this day is celebrated as Baglamukhi Jayanti. In 2011,
Bagalamukhi Jayanthi date is May 11. Bagalamukhi Sadhana makes devotees to control enemies
and to hypnotize others with their power.

The Goddess Baglamukhi is also known as Maa Pitambara is very fond of yellow color;
Pitambar = Yellow. Maa Baglamukhi likes yellow, most of the yellowish things are used in
worshiping – Turmeric garland, yellow flowers, yellow sweets, yellow fruits, yellow mats,
Turmeric, Cow's ghee, yellow rice grains and yellow clothing.
There are several legends associated with Goddess Baglamukhi and most of them are popular in
the western parts of India. A popular legend says that Goddess Shakti took the form of
Baglamukhi to protect the universe from a huge storm that had the capacity to destroy the
universe. Another legend has it that the Goddess appeared to protect Dharma which was
challenged by an Asura named Madan. The Goddess defeated him and pulled his tongue. The
demon then prayed for forgiveness. Symbolically, this suggests that the greatest threat to Dharma
is from unwanted speech.

बगलामुखी मंत्र
ऊँ ह्ी ं बगलामुखी सर्व दु ष्टानां
र्ाचं मुखं पदं स्तम्भय जिह्ां कीलय
बुद्धं जर्नाशय ह्ी ं ऊँ स्वाहा।

|| Om Hlreem Baglamukhi Sarwdushtanam Wacham Mukham Padam


Stambhay Jihwam Kilay Buddhim Vinashay Hlreem Om Swaha ||

Meaning : Oh Goddess, paralyze the speech and feet of all evil people. Pull their tongue, destroy
their intellect.
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