Chhinnamasta Jayanti- Rituals and Significance
Who is Goddess Chhinnamasta?
Goddess Chhinnamasta is regarded as the 6th of the significant Dasa (ten) Mahavidyas (Goddesses of Wisdom). It is believed that Goddess Chhinnamasta beheaded herself in order to satisfy the hunger of her aides. The Goddess is also popular as Prachanda Chandika or Chinnamastika in many parts of the country.
When is Maa Chhinnamasta Jayanti?
According to the Hindu calendar, the occasion of Maa Chhinnamasta Jayanti is celebrated in the month of Vaisakh during the Shukla Paksha on the 14th day (Chaturdashi Tithi). As per the Gregorian calendar, the day is celebrated in the month of May or April.
What is The Significance of Chhinnamasta Jayanti?
- As per the Hindu mythology, Chhinnamasta Mata is a unique incarnation of the Goddess Kali as she is regarded as the life taker as well as life-giver.
- It is believed that the devotees who worship Goddess Chhinnamasta get rid of all their difficulties.
- By worshipping Goddess Chhinnamasta, there is an increase in the spiritual as well as the social energy of the devotees.
- It is also believed that by worshipping the Goddess, devotees can save themselves from various issues related to progeny, debt and sexual problems.
- Individuals also worship the deity to fulfill all their desires and triumph over enemies and for financial prosperity.
What are The Rituals of Chhinnamasta Jayanti?
- Devotees firstly take an early morning holy bath and then dress up in fresh clothes.
- Devotees observe a strict fast on the day of Chhinnamasta Jayanti.
- To worship Goddess Chhinnamasta on the day of Chhinnamasta Jayanti, devotees then place the idol or the statue of the deity on the altar.
- After this, they light the incense sticks and a diya in order to start with the rituals.
- Usually, all Chinnamasta temples also have the idol of Lord Shiva placed nearby. Hence devotees also worship and offer prayers to the deity by performing Abhishekam.
- Devotees prepare and offer sacred food (Prasad) to the deity along with flowers, coconut, and garlands.
- Aarti of Goddess Chhinnamasta is performed and sacred mantras are chanted in order to evoke the deity.
- Prasad is distributed among the invitees and family members.
- Devotees also perform several acts of donations and charities on the day of Chhinnamasta Jayanti to seek the divine blessings of the deity.
How Chhinnamasta Jayanti is Celebrated?
- On the auspicious day of Chhinnamasta Jayanti, devotees worship and offer prayers to Goddess Chhinnamastika.
- Small girls are also worshipped and sacred food is offered to them as they are regarded as the avatar of the Goddess.
- In temples as well as at the place of worship, Kirtans and Jagrans are organized.
- Devotees perform Chinnamasta Puja with utmost enthusiasm and dedication.
What is The Legend of Chinnamasta Jayanti?
As per the scriptures, it is believed that once Goddess Parvati was taking a bath in the river Mandakani assisted by 2 of her aides. But during this bath, Devi Parvati lost the actual count of time and thus after so much wait, her aides started feeling too hungry. Even after offering too many reminders, they were unable to fetch the attention of the deity.
When finally Goddess Parvati (Bhavani) realized the time, and in guilt beheaded herself. Three different bloodstreams erupted. From two bloodstreams her aides satisfied their hunger and the third one was consumed by the Goddess itself. Since that day, she was worshiped in the form of Chhinnamasta Devi.