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MA Chhinnamasta ; "She whose head is severed", often spelled Chhinnamastika and Prachanda Chandika also, is a Hindu goddess. ... Chhinnamasta is a goddess of contradictions.

She symbolises both aspects of Devi: a life-giver and a life-taker. 16 FACTS ABOUT HER;-- 1-According to one of the sacred books of Sanatan Dharm, Shri Markandeye Puran, after killing of all the Asuras and upon victory in the big war, Maa Bhagwati's two 'sahyoginis', Jaya and Vijaya who had killed the various Asuras and drank their blood, were still thirsty for more blood.

2-So Maa cut her own head and queched the thirst of her sahyoginis with her own blood. Since then, Maa Bhagwati's this roop was called as Ma Chhinnamastika or Mata Chinnamasta .Chhinn means without and Masta is Head. 3-As per old Granths, Puranas and other Dharmic Books, it is also mentioned that Ma Chhinnmastika's Dham or place or temple will be guarded by Lord Rudra Mahadev all sides. 4-Chandika is one of the Tantric goddesses in Hinduism. In Tantric Buddhism she is known as Chinnamunda. Chinnamasta devi is a form of Shakti who is ferocious and 'severed head'. The Hindu Divine Mother is commonly identified with her fearsome iconography.

5-Chinnamasta is one of the most outrageous forms of divinity in Hinduism. The self-decapitating Goddess is one of the important and worshipped Shaktipat goddess. 6-Chinnamasta symbolises both life-giver and life-taker. One of the goddesses of Mahavidyas, Chinnamasta is considered both as a symbol of self-control on sexual desire as well as an embodiment of sexual energy, depending upon interpretation. 7-The mythology emphasizes her sacrifice with maternal element, her sexual dominance and her self-destructive fury. As her approach is dangerous and ferocious, she is not worshipped everywhere. Her temples are mostly found in Northern India and Nepal. So She is recognised by both Hindus and Buddhists. 8-Chinnamasta is closely related to Chinnamunda - the severed-headed form of the Tibetan Buddhist goddess, Vajrayogini. Chinnamasta is mostly depicted nude and with dishevelled hair in blood red or black coloured body.

9-In the texts, She is described to be a sixteen-year-old girl ,,and has a blue lotus near her heart. She is standing over a couple. The couple is said to be Rati, Goddess of sexual desire, and her husband Kama, God of love.

10-Chhinnamasta is depicted wearing a serpent as a sacred thread and a garland of skulls or severed heads and bones like Maa Kali. Blood streams out of her neck and Her two female attendants Dakini and Varnini (also called Jaya and Vijaya) are drinking the blood.

11-On the left hand, She carries her own severed head (in a platter or a skull-bowl). On the right hand, She holds a khatri (a scimitar or knife) by which she decapitated herself. 12- Chinnamasta ,Standing on the body, the goddess masters the physical body, and to free her mind from this, & signifies that life, death and sex- three forms of transformation, three parts of the cycle . Chinnamasta is not that popular as an individual goddess.

13-Tantric practitioners worship Chhinnamasta for acquiring siddhis or supernatural powers. 14--Goddess Chinnamasta is considered as the Hindu God of courage and judgment, and comes in the third position among the 10 Mahavidyas. When compared to other Goddess she is believed to be in utmost furious form. Since she sacrificed herself by cutting the head she came to know by the name Chinnamasta. She is supposed to be the other form of Vajrayogini who had sacrificed by removing her own head.

15-Chinnamasta also has cut-off her own head with a supreme sword and held the severed head in one of her hands. One of the three jets of blood that ejected out from her bleeding neck is directed to the mouth of her removed head whereas the other two blood ejections to the mouths of her associates. This signifies the spiritual success over desires by self control with powers of mind.



OM---Srim hrim klim aim Vajravairocaniye hum hum phat svaha.

Her mantra associates her with syllables denoting beauty, light, fire, spiritual self-realization, and destruction of delusion. The Shakta Pramoda and the Rudrayamala recommend the use of her mantra to obtain wealth and auspiciousness.

ICONOGRAPHY & SYMBOLISM OF MA CHHINNAMASTA ;- 19 FACTS ;- 1-Goddess Chinnamasta is the insight of mystery and signifies spiritual truth regarding the fulfillment of worldly desires. In certain pictures she is depicted as standing on the body of a female who has been copulating with a male lying beneath her. It is from her navel that the divine Yoni Chakra is originated.

2-Her body is covered by the four directions in place of clothes. She is believed to be eternal even though her head is removed from the body. Her two main qualities are highlighted by the features of her companions. The goddess is the image of sexual energy and her severed head is the symbol of inherent achievements. Her consciousness in creativity is represented by her garlands of skulls. For praying the Goddess Chinnamasta, different types of procedures are to be followed by the devotees. 3-The obvious implication here is of primal sacrifice & renewal of creation.The Goddess sacrifices herself & her blood , drunk by her attendants,------renews or resusciates the universe .Therefore beheading her own head is a temporary expedient to provide food & appears to be a more sanguinary manifestation of the Goddess as MA SHAKAMBHARI & MA ANNAPURNA.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4---THIS FORM OF THE GODDESS IS THE TRUE DEPICTION OF SANSARA------THE MAYA NAGARI ---THE MAZE.....WE ARE ENTRAPPED HERE BECAUSE OF OUR DESIRE ...... CREATION COMES INTO EXISTENCE WHEN A MOTHER CUTS OFF HER NECK.......... MAY BE GODDESS MOTHER OR A SIMPLE MOTHER ; ( at the time of the birth of a child )



6-Maa chhinnamasta is associated with the concept of Self-sacrifice.Awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy & Relief from Rahu dosh. 7 -Chhinnamasta signifies that life, death, and sex are interdependent. Her image conveys the eternal truth that "life feeds on death, is nourished by death, necessitates death, and that the ultimate destiny of sex is to perpetuate more life, which in turn will decay and die in order to feed more life". While the lotus and the lovemaking couple symbolise life and the urge to create life, giving a life-force to the beheaded goddess, the blood flowing from the goddess conveys death and loss of the life-force, which flows into the mouths of her devotee yoginis, nourishing them. 8-Self-realization and awakening of kundalini------ The Chhinnamasta icon is also understood as a representation of the awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy. The copulating couple represent the awakening in the Muladhara chakra, which corresponds to the last bone in the spinal column. The kundalini flows through the central passage in the body – the Sushumna nadi and hits the topmost chakra, the Sahasrara at the top of head – with such force that it blows her head off.

8-1--The blood spilling from the throat represents the upward-flowing kundalini, breaking all knots (granthis) – those things which make a person sad, ignorant and weak – of the chakras. The severed head is "transcendent consciousness". The three blood streams represent the flow of nectar when the kundalini unites with Shiva, who resides in the Sahasrara. The serpent in her iconography is also a symbol of the kundalini. 9--Another interpretation associates Daknini, Rakini, and Chhinnamasta with the three main nadis – Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna, respectively – flowing free. The goddess is generally said to be visualised in one's navel, the location of the Manipura chakra where the three nadis unite, and symbolises consciousness as well as the duality of creation and dissolution. The ability to remain alive despite the beheading is associated with supernatural powers and the awakening of the kundalini. 10-Chhinnamasta's nudity and headlessness symbolise her integrity and "heedlessness". Her names like Ranjaitri ("victorious in war") celebrate her as the slayer of various demons and her prowess in battle.Her nakedness and dishevelled hair denote rejection of societal values and her rebellious freedom... 11-The triad of the goddess and the two yoginis is also philosophically cognate to the triad of patterns, "which creative energy is felt to adopt".Besides the nadis, MA Chhinnamasta, Rakini and Dakini also represent the guna trinity: sattva (purity), rajas (energy), and tamas (ignorance). While discussing Mahavidya as a group, Chinnamasta is associated with rajas (in the Kamadhenu Tantra and the Maha-nirvana Tantra) or sattva (based on her lighter complexion). 12-While the goddess is a mature sixteen-year old who has conquered her ego and awakened her kundalini, the attendants are described as spiritually immature twelve-year olds who are sustained on the goddess's blood and have not become liberated from the delusion of duality.

13-In portrayals where the goddess's hair is tied like a matron and her attendants have free-flowing hair like young girls, the goddess is treated as a motherly figure of regal authority and power; the tied hair and headlessness represent contrasting ideas of controlled and uncontrolled nature, respectively. 14-MA Chhinnamasta's association with the navel and her red complexion can be connected to the fire element and the sun while the lotus in her iconography signifies purity.The head offering and subsequent restoration of the head signify immortality. The dichotomy of temporality and immortality is alluded to by the blood stream drunk by Chhinnamasta's head – interpreted as amrita and the serpent, which sheds its skin without dying.

15-The skull and severed head garlands signify her victory over Time and fear of Death. Chhinnamasta's black complexion denotes destruction; her depiction as red or orange denotes life