Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Devi Homam/Havan – Why and When?
Secrets concealed in many obscure and rare to obtain tantras, have come to light in the recent years, following a surge and change in the mindset of scholars as well as devotees, in unveiling the secrets and utilizing the same for the greater good of mankind. There are many secret mantras, stotras and prayoga-s (procedures) that were hidden from the common folk, to ensure that there is no misutilization for personal gains and inducing harm to others. Despite the many good intentions, black magic rites and other procedures are still in use, although mostly relegated to the rural areas and other remote parts. The questions remain, as to how do we protect ourselves against various threats caused by black magic and other procedures performed by our enemies? The regular visits to religious places of worship and performing good deeds etc. simply do not size up and sometimes things can go to such an extent, that the ability to respond and rise to face the threats itself, may be restricted in us.
Besides black magic, we also live in a very competitive world and face many challenges on the home, work and health standpoints. How do we emerge victorious when faced against insurmountable obstacles and completely unfavorable odds? This is when, we seek the intervention of fierce and terrific deities, also referred as ugra devatas. One such ugra devata is Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi.
The Divine Mother Kāli, represents time and our very existence and reflection in the fabric of time and space. When we start reflecting on how we have utilized or misutilized the time on our hands, the deeds we performed etc and continue to ponder on the very notion of our existence, She opens up and clears our understanding of what is True and what is False and helps us cross the ocean of māyā and into Her realm. A very aggressive aspect of Kāli devi is Bhadra Kāli and the fiercest form of Bhadra Kāli is Śrī Pratyaṅgirā Devi. The fierceness signifies the aggression with which She approaches to overhaul our karmas.
Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi is the powerhouse of energy and considered the protector of the Atharvaṇa veda and all its treasured secret mantras. Such is Her might and power, that She is hailed as the bestower of victory, even against impossible odds. It is said that Indrajit, the son of Rāvaṇa, was a great devotee of Her and has also composed Her Jagan Maṅgala Kavacam. In order to defeat Lord Rama and his army, he sits down to perform Her sādhana and Homam, which is then disrupted by Lord Hanumān, to ensure that he does not gain the desired power. She is also known as Siddhilakṣmī in the North Indian region. She is one of the main deities for the royal family of Nepal and many other well to do families.
In today’s world, it has become very common for politicians seeking victory over their opponents and also for businessmen, looking to increase their gains and knock off their adversaries and competition, to invoke Her grace through the popular Homam and other ṛk related rituals. The same procedures are also recommended for everyone, to protect against deadly diseases, black magic and other such pressing matters. She has been hailed as a very effective and fast acting deity for our current times and the Kali yuga. Her growing popularity is proof of the continuously growing number of temples where She is the main deity. It is to be noted that the Divine Mother does not discriminate and will show Her grace to anyone invoking Her with utmost reverence.
Śrī Pratyaṅgirā devi homam can be performed by the initiates of Her mantra and the procedures have been detailed in the short and long posts on this website. Those who are not initiated into Her mantras, can also choose to perform the homam and substitute the mantra portion with Her Aṣṭottara nāmāvali. Ideally, the Homam should be performed on the new moon dark night – Amāvāsya and/or on the full moon night – Pourṇami. When the problems persist, one should consider performing the mantra on a daily or regular basis also. It is understood, that we are invoking Her during the most difficult periods to overcome major crises and for Her initiates, it is purely for offering devotion and pleasing Her.
Most important thing, is that the homam should be invoked with full devotion and faith. This is the main dravya (material) for the Homam. Other dravyas, include whole red chillies for vanquishing enemies and opposition, meat and liquor or their susbtitutes, ghee (clarified butter), fire sticks and general homam material available at stores can be used. The long sticks called Sruva and Sruci used in Homam/Havan should also be made available or substituted with long wooden spoons, to avoid the danger of injuring ourselves with burns etc.
Shorter version of Havan : Sri Prathyangira Devi Laghu Homa
Detailed/Longer version of Yantra Puja and Havan: Pratyangira Yantra Avarana Puja and Homa
This article is written by Krishna Vallapareddy and can be contacted at Krishna@manblunder.com