Chhinnamasta - A Goddess without Head
The name ChhinnamastaChhinnamasta
The name Chhinnamasta means one whose head is severed. The Goddess decapitated... means one whose head is severed. The Goddess decapitated herself for a greater and noble cause. She is associated with the concept of self-sacrifice. She is both live giver and life taker.
Chhinnamasta is fearsome to look at as she herself is holding her severed head in one hand and in another she holds a scimitar which she must have used for the decapitation. She is a young, sixteen year old girl who is depicted naked. There are three jets of blood springing out of her neck. One stream is drank by her own head and the other two are consumed by two of her attendants named Dakini and Varnini.
Her severed head is also happy and not sad or in pain. It symbolizes that there should be joy even in losing oneself. Nothing is permanent, therefore pain is also transcendental. Body is not permanent but soul is. There is immense power in transformation.
Her complexion is red and seems like million suns are brought together to provide brightness to her. She stands on a copulating couple representing self-control on sexual desires. The couple is suggested to be Kama and RatiRati
Rati is a Sanskrit word meaning pleasure and delight, and mostly.... A blue lotus is believed to exist next to her heart. She is adorned with garland of skulls and wears a serpent around her body like a thread.
According to the legend, once ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... was going to a river to take bath when she got sexually aroused and turned black. She also started thinking about the concept of creation and destruction. She was followed by her two attendants who suddenly interrupted her as they were hungry. She asked them to wait till they reach back to their abode but such strong was their hunger that they couldn’t control themselves and started pleading.
Parvati looked around but there was nothing available to eat. This is when she decided to cut her neck and feed them her blood. She presented selfless maternal instincts and this form of her came to be known as Chhinnamasta. This symbolizes her love for her devotees which will never let them go hungry and provide food both for the belly and mind.
She also stood on the copulating couple to master the physical body and as she cut her head, she freed her mind from the sexual thoughts.
Benefits of Worshipping Chhinnamasta
Chhinnamasta is considered to be dangerous to be worshipped by regular people therefore people who are tantrick or have abundance of spiritual knowledge get indulged in her worshipping. She is majorly prayed to, to destroy enemies. She is also worshipped by people seeking for government favors or those trying to win court cases.
She is also considered the Goddess of creativity and therefore aspiring poets pray to her. Even though she has decapitated her head, she is considered complete and eternal like creation and creativity. She represents the fact that spiritual success can only be attained by self-control of body and mind.
Some other benefits include removal of poverty, begetting a son, overcoming hurdles and gaining success in all endeavors.
Recitation of the following Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindcan prove immensely beneficial.
Om Hreem Kleem Aim Vajra It is a Sanskrit word which means thunderbolt as well as diamond. Hence, it is the name given to a ritual weapon which is both indestructible and strong like a diamond, and irresistible like a thunderboltVairochaniyai Hum Hum Phat SvahaSvaha
Svaha is a minor Hindu Goddess who is known as the wife of Agni, the God of fire....
Some of her famous temples are Chhinnamasta Temple in district Bankura (West Bengal) and Chhinnamasta temple in Rajrappa, located in Ramgarh district (Jharkhand). She is also worshipped in Nepal and a temples of Chhinnamasta are found in Kathmandu Valley.