The Agni Purana

by N. Gangadharan | 1954 | 360,691 words | ISBN-10: 8120803590 | ISBN-13: 9788120803596

This page describes The mode of worship of Tvarita which is chapter 309 of the English translation of the Agni Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas dealing with all topics concerning ancient Indian culture, tradition and sciences. Containing roughly 15,000 Sanskrit metrical verses, subjects contained in the Agni-Purana include cosmology, philosophy, architecture, iconography, economics, diplomacy, pilgrimage guides, ancient geography, gemology, ayurveda, etc.

Chapter 309 - The mode of worship of Tvaritā

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

[Full title: The mode of worship of Tvaritā (tvaritāpūjā)]

Fire-god said:

1. I shall describe (to you) the constituent (mantras) (relating to the worship) of Tvaritā[1] that is capable of conferring enjoyment and emancipation. “Oṃ obeisance to the the supportive energy! Oṃ hrīṃ puru (2) obeisance to great lion! Oṃ obeisance to the lotus! Oṃ hrīṃ hrūṃ khecachekṣaḥ! Strīṃ oṃ hrūṃ kṣaiṃ hrūṃ phaṭ! Obeisance to (goddess) Tvaritā! Khe ca obeisance to the heart! Cache obeisance to the head! Chekṣaḥ obeisance to the tuft! Kṣastri obeisance to the armour! Strīṃ hrūṃ obeisance to the eye! Hrūṃ khe obeisance to the weapon phaṭ!” “Oṃ! We known the Tvaritā-vidyā. Let us meditate on the tūrṇavidyā. May the goddess prompt us (to meditate) on her.” (This is the Gāyatrī mantra for the goddess Tvaritā.) Obeisance to the conferrer of prosperity. Obeisance to the syllable hrūṃ! Obeisance to the syllable oṃ! Oṃ kheca obeisance to the heart! Obeisance to the one who is able to fly! Oṃ obeisance to the fierce one! Kṣa strīm obeisance to the armour! Obeisance to the cutter! Obeisance to the thrower! Obeisance to the woman of the form of the syllable hūṃ! To the one that gives safety! To the victor! To the conqueror! Protect! Oṃ be firm by the command of (Goddess) Tvaritā vaṣaṭ! This is the incantation known as Tvaritā. It is known as Totalā and Tūrṇā.

2-3a. After having touched the head, forehead, throat, heart, navel, genital organ, thighs, knees, shanks and feet (with the mantra) in order and thus complete the location spread over the whole body.

3b-6. The goddess has to be contemplated as having the form of daughter of the mountain, huntress, supreme, conferring boons and protection, having the peacock feather on the head, having the tender sprout as the upper garment, seated on lion throne together with an umbrella of peacock plumes, the dark-complexioned goddess wearing the garland of wild flowers, having the brahmin class of serpents as the ear ornament, the kṣatriya (class of serpents) as the bracelets, the vaiśya class of serpents as the girdle and vṛṣala (fourth class) class of serpents as the anklets. Then one should repeat that mantra ten lakh times.

7. In days of yore the lord took the form of a hunter and (the goddess) Gaurī also (took a) similar (form). One has to repeat (the mantra of the Goddess). One has to contemplate and worship Her for accomplishing all (the things) and for the removal of poison etc.

8-10. (Goddess Tvaritā) has to be worshipped in a lion seat (having) eight (petals). Gāyatrī, Praṇītā, huṃkāra etc. and Phaṭkārī are located in the petals in the east etc. in front of the Goddess with the principal mantṛa of Śrī. Their colours and weapons are as those of the guardians of the quarters. Phaṭkārī should bear the bow. Jayā and Vijayā should be worshipped as at the entrance holding golden staff. Kiṅkarā, Barbarī, Muṇḍī and Laguḍī (should be worshipped) outside them.

11-15. After having worshipped (them) thus, one has to accomplish (them) with materials. Oblation should be made in a sacrificial pit of the shape of the female organ of generation. One would gain gold (by doing oblation) with white grains, increasing prosperity with wheat, all accomplishments and the destruction of īti[2] with barley and sesamum, insanity of the enemy with rosary seeds, death (of the enemy) with (the twigs of) silk cotton tree, gain of wealth and grains with rose apple, satisfaction (pleasure) with blue lotuses, abundant prosperity with red lotuses, great prosperity with kunda (a kind of jasmine), disturbance in the city with mallikā (a kind of jasmine), goodwill of people with white lilies, birth of a son with aśoka (a kind of flower), an auspicious and beautiful woman with pāṭalā (trumphet flower), long life with mango (flowers), fortune with sesamum, prosperity with bilva, wealth with campaka (flowers), desired (object) with madhuka (flowers) and omniscience with bilva (leaves).

16-17. One would get all things by the repetition (of the mantra) three lakh times or by doing oblation or contemplation or worship. After having worshipped with the gāyatrī in a circle, (one should offer) twenty-five oblations. A person who offers three hundred oblations with leaves with the principal (mantra) would become initiated. After having taken the five things got from a cow, one should take porridge. (This is the procedure) always.

Footnotes and references:


The goddess conferring benefits quickly.


These are six: excessive rain, drought, locusts, rats, parrots and foreign invasions. See Apte SD p. 96.

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