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Chinnamasta: She who is the courage to make sacrifice


Chinnamasta, Late 19th century, Pahari, © Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994-148-499 (Stella Kramrisch Collection)


Bija Mantra


om srim klim hrim aim vajravairocaniye hum phat svaha


Om That perfection of peace in the mind and intution, the cause of manifested existance merging into perfection in the casual body, all that can be perceived in the gross body, subtle body, and beyond, wisdom, we unite with She who Shines like a lightning bolt from the Sun, cut the ego, purify, I am One with God!

Gayatri Mantra


om virocinyai vidmahe chinnamastayai dhimahi I

tanno devi pracodayat II


Om we meditate upon She who illuminates like the Sun, contempleate She who has the courage to make Sacrifice( literaly, give up her head). May that Goddess grant us increase.

IconographyI meditate upon the Goddess Chinnamasta who is seated in the centre of the Sun’s disk and holds in her left hand her own severed head with gaping mouth, her hair is dishevelled and she is drinking the stream of blood gushing out from her own neck. She is seated on Rati and Kamadeva who are engaged in sexual dalliance, and she is rejoicing with her friends Dakini and Varnini- Mantra Mahdadhih


The post has been written by Rajeshwari Shah. Rajeshwari has a Masters in Art History and is interested deeply in Indian culture and religion with a special interest in Indian miniature paintings. She can be found on Instagram @rajeorchha

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