Chinnmastaka

MoNA Collection

Medium & Material: Poster Color on cotton canvas

Dimensions: 64 X 45 cm

About the Art

Chinnmastaka is the fusional representation of different wisdom from both Hinduism and Buddhism belief and philosophy. The Goddess is also called “Prachanda Chandika” a form of Goddess Parvati’s grand depiction of Dasa Mahavidyas. Three jets of blood spills out of the decapitated head of the Goddess. One flows into the Goddess's mouth, held in her left hand, while two other jets are dropping into the mouths of two companions Dakini and Varnini, standing on either side of her. The Goddess is stepping on Kamadev and his consort Rati copulating.

Chinnmastaka is also a celebrated deity in Tantric and Tibetan Buddhism. The Goddess is called “Chinnamunda”, which means a severed head form of Triyaka-Vajrayogini (Three-bodied Vajrayogini). The Buddhist text portrays Mekhala and Kanakhala, two Mahasiddha sisters offering their heads to their Guru. Pleased from their devotion Goddess Vajrayogini appeared and offered them the Wisdom of Non-Duality.

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