June 18, 2018

Prachanda Chandika: She Who Cuts off Her Own Head

Chinnamastā is one of the most feared Mahavidya-s in the KaliKula tradition. She is shown having cut off her own head, and allowing two of her companions to drink from the jet stream that flows from her throat. Chinnamasta sadhanas started during the 4th century in India and slowly passed onto Mahayana Buddhism in the form of Vajrayogini. Her stunningly ferocious imagery naturally invokes fear and trepidation, matched only by the effects that her sadhana can cause to a seeker. In Tibetan Buddhism theogony, she is also referred to as Chinnamunda, who, some scholars believe is a form of Vajravarahi.…
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