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Goddess Baglamukhi

Baglamukhi. Three eyes, wearing yellow clothes and gems, moon as her diadem, wearing champaka blossoms, with one hand holding the tongue of an enemy and with the left hand spiking him, thus should you meditate on the paralyser of the three worlds.

She is the goddess of black magic, of poisons. She rules over the subtle perception which make us feel at a distance the death or misery of those we know. She incites men to torture one another. She revels in suffering – emies and evils.

In Hinduism, Baglamukhi is one of the Ten mahavidyas. Baglamukhi Devi smashes the devotee’s misconceptions and delusions by her cudgel.

The name literally means “crane faced,” though this is a misnomer. The name ‘Bagla’ is a distortion of the original Sanskrit root ‘ValgA’. 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.

Two descriptions of the goddess are found in various texts- The ‘Dwi-BhujA’ (two handed), and the ‘ChaturbhujA’ (Four handed).

The Dwi-BhujA depiction is the more common, and is described as the ‘Soumya’ or milder form. She holds a club in her right hand with which she beats the demon, while pulling his tongue out with her left hand. 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 Baglamukhi’s devotees worship her. Other Mahavidya goddesses are also said to represent similar powers useful for defeating enemies, to be invoked by their worshippers through various rituals.

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