Chhinnamasta Temple Rajrappa
About Chhinnamasta Temple
Many legendary stories have been obtained over the centuries regarding the Temple and that of Mata Chhinnamasta. In Shri Markandeye Purana it is mentioned that after slaying thousands of Asuras (demons from the underworld per Hindu mythologies) Jaya and Vijaya- the two 'sahyagonis' of Maa Bhagwati wanted to gulp more blood. Their thirst for drinking blood was still not over even after assassinating many Asuras. When Mata Bhagwati came to know abo
t their thirst, She cut-off Her own head and offered Jaya and VIjaya blood and quenched their thirst. From then onwards, this incarnation of Devi Bhagwati came to known as Maa Chhinnamastika or Mata Chinnamasta (meaning cutting off head). Another popular legend of Mata Bhagwati centers on the shrine. It is said that once the deity along with Her divine attendants were taking a bath in the river and they took much time to bathe. Meanwhile, the attendants grew hungry and prayed to Mata Bhagwati for food. The merciful Goddess cut off her own head and offered Her attendants with Her own blood that sprinkled to their mouths from the cut throat of the Goddess. The deity is worshipped in this form too. This is the transcendence of Mata Bhagwati to Goddess Chhinnamasta or Prachanda Bhairavi.
Chinnamasta Temple Rajrappa, Jharkhand
Sati, the daughter of Daksha and the first wife of the god Shiva, feels insulted that she and Shiva are not invited to Daksha’s yagna and insists on going there, despite Shiva’s protests. After futile attempts to convince Shiva, the enraged Sati assumes a fierce form, transforming into the Mahavidyas, who surround Shiva from the ten cardinal directions. Chinnamasta stands to the right of Shiva in the west.
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