“Guptadurge, Mahabhage, Guptpaap, Praorashini, Saptjanamaarjitat Papaat Trahi Maam Sarana gatam” Maa chinnamasta is the fifth of the Dus Mahavidya. She carries her own head in her left hand and holds a khatri in her right hand by which she decapitates herself. Three streams of blood flow from her neck, one of which enters her own mouth. Her female companions called Dakini and Vanini drink the other blood streams. Both the attendants are depicted nude. While Dakini is light skinned and represent the tamas guna; Varnini is red complex and embodies the raja guna.
Chinnamasta is often shown standing on Kamdeva, the god of love and his wife Rati who is engrossed in sambhog (usually Rati is on top of Kamdev). This particular Mahavidya is associated with self sacrifices as well as the awakening of Kundalini.
Chinnamasta is the mixture of contradictions. She is regarded both as a symbol of self-control on sex desires as well as the embodiment of sexual energy depending upon the interpretation of the devotees. Her individual worship is restricted to tantric and yogis.
Maa Chinnamasta the “Kundalni Shakti”
Maa Chinnmasta helps in awakening the kundlani shakti, the main spiritual energy in each human body. It is assured that the Kundalni Shakti moves upward very forcefully through sushumna nadi from muladhar chakra to sahastrar chakra in top of the head with such a force that it blows her head out. The blood coming out from the throat applies the upward flowing kundlani breaking all granthis i.e. Brahmgranthi, Vishnugranthi, Rudragranthi which makes a person sad, ignorant and weak. The severed head is “consciousness”. The three blood streams is the flow of nectar when kunlani unites with Shiva in Sahastrar Chakra, which is yogi called Maithun Kriya. Those who do the chakra dhyan sadhna can understand better.
There are several places in India where it is said that sati’s head fell over there, that is why she is worshipped as Chinnamasta.
1. Chintpurni temple in Himachal Pradesh
2. Temple at Bishnupur, West Bengal
3. Ramnagar near Varanasi
4. The most powerful Chinnamasta temple is in Jharkhand, in Rajrappa where devotees are not allowed after 5.30 pm in the evening because of super natural powers roaming around temple complex after evening.
5. There is also one in Kamakhya temple complex in Assam, where, on each Wednesday, there is a long que for people for worshipping and giving sacrifices of goats.
For getting rid of “RAHU” grah(planet)’s bad effects, the puja of Chinnamasta is must. Some knowledgable pandits also recommend deity puja for KETU shanti.