Secrets of Sri Baglamukhi: 8th Dasha Mahavidya—Goddess of Silence and Speech

Sri Baglamukhi is a Hindu goddess of Devi Bhagwatam and Hindu Vedic Story. She is also known as Bagala or Pitambara and is worshipped as the eighth or 8th goddess of Dasha Mahavidya, or the great wisdom of Shakti. Baglamukhi is an avatar of Durga and one of the most powerful tantric goddesses in Hinduism. She provides protection and liberation from all negativity and obstacles for her devotees. She diminishes the delusions and misunderstandings of humans with her cudgel and represents the power of silence.

The goddess Pitambara is often depicted as a ferocious form of Shakti. She has a golden complexion and wears yellow clothes. Devi is adored with a crown of snacks and holds a club in her right hand. She pulls out the tongue of a demon and slices it to end the spread of falsehood or misuse of the tongue.

Due to her great power, Maa Bagalamukhi is also known by 108 names. She is often addressed as Brahmastra Roopini, Stambhana, Pitambaradevi, and Shatrubuddhivinashini.

Origin and Legends of the Goddess Baglamukhi

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Devi Bagalamukhi, the 8th goddess of Dasha Mahavidya of Para Shakti, the primal source of all energy, has many legends of her origin.

According to a Hindu myth from Satya Yuga, once there was a frenzy of raging storms on Earth that destroyed everything. All living beings and species on planet Earth are endangered. Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of the earth, started performing austerities on the Haridra Sarovar and the goddess Tripura Sundari to control the situation and destruction.

Sri Tripura Sundari, 3rd Dasha Mahavidya and Goddess of Consciousness was pleased with the penance of the Lord Vishnu. She emerged from the Lake of Turmeric in the form of Goddess Bagalamukhi. She controlled the gushing storms, saved Goddess Bhumi from destruction, and restored the order of the universe.

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As per Hindu texts such as Devi Mahatmya and Markandeya Purana, the goddess Durga took the form of Baglamukhi, the eight Dasa, or Dasha Mahavidya, to kill a demon, Madan, who acquired a boon, Vak-Siddhi. As per the boon, whatever he says comes true. He misused his boon and troubled men, gods, and other species.

The demon Madan caused great havoc on Earth and humans. Demigods and goddesses tried to stop him; however, he was way powerful, so they couldn’t tint a dime on him.

Thereafter, the gods requested that the goddess Shakti appear. She formed Sri Baglamukhi to stop the demon, Madan. Goddess Pitambaradevi put out his tongue and chopped it to restrain and control negative forces in the universe.

Symbolism and Iconography of the Goddess Baglamukhi

Tantrasara mentions the iconography of the goddess Bagulamukhi. It mentions that the goddess is seated on a golden throne floating in the breathtaking ocean. She has a yellowish color to her skin, which looks golden. Sri Bagulamukhi is draped in a yellow saree with ornaments such as earrings, garlands, and other marital signs.

Sri Bagalamukhi, the 8th Dasa or Dasha Mahavidya, or the tantric goddesses of Hinduism, is portrayed with the third and fourth arms and a yellow crescent moon. She is sometimes depicted as having a crane head and chopping the tongue of a demon, Madan.

She holds a noose to control the crooks and a book of wisdom. The club she holds represents the power to control enemies, and the tongue represents the power to stop the speech of any man. The noose symbolizes the power of capturing and controlling adharma and injustice.

Significance of Sri Baglamukhi: 8th Dasha Maavidya

Sri Bagulamukhi is one of the most powerful tantric goddesses of Hinduism, or Dasha Mahavidya of Devi Shakti. She protects her devotees from enemies and boons. Devi Shakti of Sanatan Dharma helps her worshippers resolve problems like financial loss in business and protects them from the evil eye. She bestows confidence to face challenges in life, overcome tough situations, and help in the attainment of success.

Therefore, the goddess Bagalamukhi, the 8th (Dash) Dasa Mahavidya (Adi Parashakti), the tantric wisdom goddess of the primal source of creation, symbolizes power, strength, and victory. Devi Bagalamukhi shows the path of wisdom, seeks spiritual transformation, and is highly regarded in Hinduism.

Goddess Bagalamukhi reminds her worshipers about the benefits of inner stillness and the power of transformation.

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Bagalamukhi: Goddess of Sahashara Chakra

Sri Bagalamukhi, the 8th Dasha Mahavidya, or the most powerful tantric goddess of Hinduism, is the controller of Sahashara Chakra. Chakra is one of the seven centers of energy in the human body. It enables humans to gain wisdom and leads in the direction of transcendental bliss and a higher level of awareness. The chakras are the seven different points in the spinal column and relate to the various organs and glands within the body. These seven chakras are responsible for life and its existence.

According to Vedic astrology, Devi Baglamukhi, 8th Dasha Mahavidya, the most powerful tantric goddess of Hinduism, is associated with the planet Rahu and affects the Kundali of life, health, finance, career, and marriage.

Temples of Goddess Baglamukhi

Goddess Baglamukhi, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of Adi Parashakti, has a famous temple in India named Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, the center of tantrism, and a shrine to Sri Baglamukhi. Kamakhya temple has shrines for 10 Dasha Mahavidya or tantric goddesses of Hinduism. However, there are some major shrines dedicated to the goddess in India.

  • Pitambara Peeth and Dasha Mahavidhya Temple in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Bagalapeetam is in South India.
  • Vallakottai is in Tamil Nadu.
  • Sree Suryamangalam is in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

Folk Tale of Somalapura Kalyani: Goddess Baglamukhi

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As per the locals of North Karnataka, Somalapura Kalyani of Sindhanur taluk is the most powerful goddess, as is Sidhdha Shakti Peeth.

Once a great yogi was immersed in yoga and penance, and seeing such dedication, the goddess’s sakshatkara fell in love with him. The yogi built the temple, Somalapura Kalyani. Goddess Kalyani, or Baglamukhi, promised him to preside in the temple.

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Another folk tale narrates a story about a yogi named Shri Chiidanandavadhoota who built the temple around 300 years ago. He wrote “Shree Devi Charitre,” a popular text dedicated to the goddess Baglamukhi, one of the Dasha Mahavidya, or tantric goddesses of Hinduism in Karnataka.

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