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ChinnamastA means the one with severed head. In the shAkta tradition, she is the sixth cosmic goddess of the ten "mahAvidyAs". Her form is very fierce and hence has attracted many controversies over the meaning. Some have even linked it with black magic etc. Let us see the esoteric meaning of the iconography, The most controversial and important ...


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In which avastha/bhaava does Chinnamasta falls? Does it belong to Srividya Krama? No, she belongs to the Dakshina-amnaya, as pointed out by Partha. Whereas Tripura Sundari is an Urdha-amnaya Goddess. VAravAnaliya Tantram gives the following Amanya-Bheda: DakshinAkAli, BagalAmukhi, ChinnamastA, TArA, MAtangi and BhadrA are deities of Dakshina-...


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A mantra when obtained from a competent Guru purifies one's mind eventually leading to moksha. How does that work? Prolonged meditation leads to accumulation of spiritual energy. A Guru with such a storehouse of energy transfers a portion of his energy when initiating a disciple with a mantra. When a disciple repeats such a mantra his mind is purified by ...


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I have discussed about the picture and iconography of the goddess in my another answer. It is well known that she is one of prime goddesses in the shakta tradition. She is one of the cosmic manifestation of parA shakti. The most popular account of Chinnamasta’s origin appears in the Pranatosini-tantra. It states that the goddess Parvati, Siva’s wife, ...


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There is no direct connection between Sri Chinnamasta (vajra-vairochani) and Lord Sri Indra. But Vajra has meaning apart from the powerful weapon. Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon won in battle which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a ...


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