BAGALAMUKHI YANTRA – BAGALAMUKHI MANTRA
Bagala is another of the frightening forms of the Goddess. Her color is yellow. She is clad in yellow clothing and is adorned with yellow ornaments and yellow flowers (particularly the champak flower). With her left hand she catches hold of her opponent’s tongue and with her right hand she strikes him on the head with her mace. She sits upon a golden throne surrounded by red lotuses. By some accounts she wears the crescent moon as a jewel on her bead.
Her yellow color (which generally is made wiih turmeric root) shows her bright and cleansing energy. Yellow shows the radiance of knowledge that overcomes all darkness. For her worship one should also dress in yellow. Her opponent is the ego. She pulls out the tongue of the ego, which is the attachment to gossip, opinions, and all negative speech patterns that are the essence of the self-focused mind As long as we are involved in such negative speech patterns we must come to experience the wrath of Bagala
The prime mantra for Bagalamukhi the seed-syllabe Hlriim. The addition of the la-sound to the mantra Hriim gives it the power to stop things. She also has an extended mantra.
Om hlriim bagalaamukhi sarvadushthaanaam vaacam mukham padam stambhaya jihvaam kiilaya buddhim vinaashaya hlriim om svaahaa!” [ see the source here ] Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses – David Frawley
In Brihat Tantrasara [73-79] we find the description of Bagalamukhi Yantra: “A triangle, placed inside a hexagon surrounded by eight leafs and the [four] gates [bhuupura] having in centre The Lady of Lotus hallowed with mantras: Aum Adhara Shakti Kamalasanaya namah (.o aadhaara”saktikamalaasanaaya nama.h) and [aum]Shakti Padmasanaya namah ( “saktipadmaasanaaya nama.h ); in the six angles (of hexagon) are: Subhaga [in E], Bhagasarpini [in Agni or S-E], Bhagavaha [in Ishana or N-E], Bhagasiddha [in V] , Bhaganipatini [in Nirriti or S-V], Bhagamalini [in Vayu or N-V]”
IMPORTANT: remember the Yantra and also mandala distribution of cardinal points using the following scheme:
Subhaga E INDRA Jaya
Akarshini Bhagavaha N-E ISHANA ———————- S-E AGNI Bhagasarpini*** Vijaya
mo.m Mohini N KUBERA————————— S YAMA Ajita
ja.m Jambhini Bhagamalini N-V VAYU———————– S-V NIRRITI Bhaganipatini Aparajita
hlii.m ( sta.m) Stambhini** Bhagasiddha V VARUNA
(we found also those vidya in Bhagamalini mantra* see note bellow}.
“Then, in the circle of eight lotus petals [or the eight leaves] must be invoked the eight [shakti, preceding their name with aum and ending in namah, starting from east]: Jaya, Vijaya, Ajita, Aparajita, Stambhini, Jambhini, Mohini, Akarshini. [we found in other text Jambhani as shakti] At gates must say Aum Bhairavaya Namah [.o bhairavaaya nama.h.]. ”
BAGALAMUKHI KARA-ANGA – NYASA as found in Brihat Tantrasara (67)
1 om hlii.m nama.h
and for centre of palm:
buddhi.m vinaa”saya hlii.m .o svaahaa pha.t
.o hlii.m a.mgu.s.thaabhyaa.m(1) nama, bagalaamukhi tarjaniibhyaa.m(2) svaahaa,
sarvadu.s.taanaa.m madhyamaabhyaa.m(3) va.sa.t, vaaca.m mukha.m stambhaya
anaamikaabhyaa.m(4) hu.m, jihvaa.m kiilaya kiilaya kani.s.thaabhyaa.m(5) vau.sa.t,
buddhi.m vinaa”saya hlii.m .o svaahaa karatalap.r.s.thaabhyaa.m pha.t |
eva.m h.rdayaadi.su ”
We see the order for japa and nyasa, and the general five biija mantra used in Nyasa: nama.h, svaahaa and so on. As a matter of fact, we can argue this method to associate segments of mantra with fingers as a learning method for japa at the begining of practice with this long mantra.
Our notes on practice: Focus on yantra. In the sixteen petals use bija mantra HLIM (hlii.m). In the eight petals use biija mantra HRIM (Hrii.m)****. In the centre is Bagalamukhii Biija Mantra HLRIM (hlrii.m). You can also use the Yantra bellow, despite its construction is slightly different from traditional (there are some proportions used). I am sure you have already found Bagalamukhi biija mantra written as hrim or hlim. In brihat tantra saara we found biija mantra hlii.m used in nyasa. hrii.m is Buvaneshvari biija. But the most important is Bagalamukhi biija and it’s form is hlrii.m, used in Shri Vidya puja. The H is read as in english “hit” , lr is read as lr from english “already” then we have a long I, like “ee” in english addressee. The final m is pronounced with closed mouth, so it’s a nasalized sound.
ai.m hrii.m “srii.m aa.m ai.m bhagabhage bhagini bhagodari bhagaa”nge
bhagamaale bhagaavahe bhagaguhye bhagayoni bhaganipaatini
sarvabhagava”sa”nkari bhagaruupe nityaklinne bhagasvaruupe sarvabhagaani
me hyaanaya varade rete surete bhagaklinne klinnadrave kledaya draavaya
sarvasattvaan bhage”svari amoghe bhagavicche k.subha k.sobhaya
sarvasattvaan bhage”svari ai.m bluu.m ja.m bhe.m bluu.m mo.m bluu.m he.m
bluu.m klinne sarvaa.ni bhagaani me va”samaanaya strii.m hara blau.m hrii.m
** In Garuda Purana we find the group of three shakti: jambhini stambhini mohaya [ GarP_1,183.12], also in Parasurama-Kalpasutra [Parks_5.6] sammohini , stambhini, jrimbhini as attendands of Sundari in her Yantra. But the group of three shakti is associated with the triangle in Shri Vidya Yantra “try-asre jambhini-mohini-stambhinyah” [ Parks_7.26]. The Biija Mantra given in the same text for stambhinii is sta.m [Parks_10.53] . But the innermost Biija Mantra is hlii.m.
*** In ShrIvidyA kavacham are invoked 3 of those shakti: bhagasarpiNI (belly), bhagamAlA (navel), subhagA (forehead). Bagalamukhi is connected with Shri Vidya starting with mantra, yantra and attendants (shakti).
**** In diiksaaprakaasa we read:
“atha bagalaamukhiimantra.h |
hrii.m hrii.m bagalaamukhi sarvadu.s.taanaa.m vaaca.m mukha.m pada.m
stambhaya jihvaa.m kiilaya buddhi.m vinaa”saya hrii.m .o svaahaa”