Devi Pratyangira is a powerful aspect of divine mother having a male lion face and a female human body. Prati means ‘reverse’ and Angira means ‘attacking’, thus Devi Pratyangira is the one who reverses any black magic attacks. She is an incarnation of Adi Parashakti, who manifested in order to pacify the angry Sarabheshwara, a ferocious incarnation of Shiva for ending the anger of Lord Narasimha, hence, also called Narasimhi. She is the guardian of our atharva vedam that holds the secret of mantras tantras yantras from good to evil, therefore she is the Atharvana Bhadrakali.
This sculpture is of her ferocious form sitting on a roaring lion in lalitasana posture with four hands; right front hand holds a trident indicating the sun, moon and wisdom and rear hand has snake and drum. Left front hand holds a skull and rear hand has a noose, to punish the evil doers. She wears a garland of skulls and her tongue lolling out in anger. There is a big flame like pattern at the centre of her crown and her head is covered by a seven headed serpent; hair designed similar to that of lion’s and the beautiful dhoti is spread out like a hand fan.
She has the power to punish anyone doing adharma, be it Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva. It is said that when Narsimhi shakes her Lion’s mane, she throws the stars into disarray.