Bagalamukhi

Definition - What does Bagalamukhi mean?

Bagalamukhi is the eighth of Hinduism's 10 great wisdom goddesses known as the Dasha Mahavidyas. She is also known as Bagala for short and as the “goddess who paralyzes enemies.” In later tantric yoga, Bagalamukhi is associated with the practice of pranayama.

In some traditions, she is an incarnation of the goddess Kali. Bagalamukhi translates as “the one who checks the mouth.” She is so-named for her power to silence speech and still the mind. In yoga, such a state helps the yogi find peace and higher states of consciousness.

Yogapedia explains Bagalamukhi

Legend has it that Bagalamukhi emerged during a storm so strong that it threatened to wipe out all life. The Gods had met in an effort to stop the destruction, and Bagalamukhi heard their prayers and calmed the storm.

She is described as having a face like a crane and is said to be focused like a crane in the water staring down its target. Bagalamukhi protects her devotees by harming their enemies and by destroying delusions and misconceptions. She protects from curses, black magic, accidents, disease and poverty.

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