Goddess Matangi is the ninth of the ten Mahavidya Goddesses. Like Goddess Saraswati, She governs speech, music, knowledge and the arts. Hence Goddess Matangi is also known as Tantric Saraswati. Although Goddess Matangi is compared with Goddess Saraswati, She is often associated with pollution and impurity. She is considered an embodiment of Ucchishta (उच्छिष्ट) which means leftover food in hands and the mouth. Hence, She is also known as Ucchishta Chandalini and Ucchishta Matangini. She is described as an outcaste and offered left-over and partially eaten food i.e. Ucchishta to seek her blessings.
There are several legends which are associated with Goddess Matangi. Once, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi visited Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. A feast was arranged by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in honor of visiting couple. While eating, the deities dropped some of the food on the ground. A beautiful maiden arose from dropped food who asked for their left-overs. The four deities granted her their left-overs as Prasad. The maiden came to be known as Uccista Matangin
Goddess Matangi is associated with the full moon, the 'night of intoxication.' Goddess Matangi resides in the throat chakra. She grants control over poetry and music in particular. It is believed that she was born outside the caste of the Hindus. According the Ramayana her father was a chandala who was raised as a Brahmin. This suggests that she was a non-Vedic deity. She is a complete Goddess in herself despite being portrayed as one of the ten Mahavidyas.
Goddess Matangi yantra is prescribed to acquire supernatural powers, especially gaining control over enemies, attracting people to oneself, acquiring mastery over the arts and gaining supreme knowledge.
Mantra of Goddess Matangi :-
ॐ ह्रीं ऐं भगवती मतंगेश्वरी श्रीं स्वाहा॥
Om Hreem Aim Bhagawati Matangeshwari Shreem Svaha॥
Details of Matangi yantra
- Metal - Brass with gold polish
- Size - 3 inches x 3 inches
- Guage - Heavy
- Weight of yantra - 30 to 35 grams (approx.)
- Benefits - Can be used for Goddess Matangi sadhana and her blessings