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Bagalmukhi: she who stops motion at the appropriate time

An illustration depicting the Goddess Bagalamukhi, Pahari, circa 1820, Source-Sothebys

Bija Mantra

om klim bagalamukhi sarvadustanam vacam mukham stambham jihvam kilaya kilaya buddhim nasaya hrim om svaha

Om the cause of manifested existance merging into perfection in the causal body. Who stops Motion at the appropritae Time, silence the mouths and words of all evil beings, control their tongues, control, destroy their intellect (or give them intelligence). Maya, Om, I am one with God!

Gayatri Mantra

om bagalamukhyai vidmahe dvibhujayai dhimahi II

tanno devi pracodayat I

Om We mediaite upon She who stops motion at the approportate time, contemplate She with two arms. May that Goddess grant us increase.


In the middle of the ocean is a pavilion of jewels with an altar inside it. On the altar is a lion throne on which the goddess Bagalmukhi is seated. Her complexion is completely yellow, perfectly yellow, and she wears a yellow dress, yellow ornaments, and a yellow garland. I call to mind she who holds the tongue of the enemy in her left hand and a raised club in her right hand. Brhat Tantrasara

The post has been written by Rajeshwari Shah. Rajeshwari has a Masters in Art History and is interested deeply in Indian culture and religion with a special interest in Indian miniature paintings. She can be found on Instagram @rajeorchha

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