Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Paintings > Hindu > Chhinamamsta, Who Decapitates Herself to Feed Devotees
Displaying 1 of 199         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Chhinamamsta, Who Decapitates Herself to Feed Devotees

Chhinamamsta, Who Decapitates Herself to Feed Devotees

Chhinamamsta, Who Decapitates Herself to Feed Devotees

Availability:
Sold Out (Can be backordered)
Specifications:

Watercolor on Paper
Artist: Kailash Raj

7.6" X 9.75"
Item Code:
HE92
Frame
Price:
$260.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 8 to 10 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $52.00
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Chhinamamsta, Who Decapitates Herself to Feed Devotees

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 6041 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
This shocking image of the headless nude female and her two nude companions, drinking blood gushing from her torso, rendered against an opaque pale background, is a 'tantrika' manifestation of the Divine female. This form of the Divine female is widely known as Chhinnamasta. As suggests her name, Chhinnamasta, one of the ten 'Mahavidyas', is the goddess who severs her head – 'mastaka', by her own hands to feed her devotees. Chhinnamasta, despite of decapitation, does not symbolise death, dissolution or end, but only life, which she sustains by feeding the severed head, as well as others, with her own blood. Biologically, everyone feeds one's head with one's blood. But, centred on himself, he feeds only his own head. Chhinnamasta cuts off her head – symbolically, the centredness, and this enables her to also feed others besides herself. The form of Chhinnamasta inspires the 'tantrika' to cut off his head, that is, to relinquish his centredness, as this alone would give him the power to live beyond death, to live across decapitation. Deity's own prominently depicted sex organ and breasts, one bearing life and the other nourishing this life, subordinate death to life.

Chhinnamasta stands – and this form is in exact adherence to the established tradition, on the figures of Kamadeva and Rati, respectively the god of love and his consort, engaged in the unbroken act of sexual intercourse. Chhinnamasta displays her nude form, though a pendant of one of her necklaces has incidentally covered her vulva. It is the same with her devotee-companions, Varnini on the right side and Dakini on the left. Varnini stands for 'Satoguna' – brighter aspects, and Dakini, for 'Rajoguna' – darker aspects, but the emphasis on displaying their sex organs is exactly similar. Texts prescribe for Varnini a white complexion in consideration of her representing 'Satoguna', but the artist here preferred a similar blood-red complexion for all three figures, as the same sex-energy is charging them alike. A 'tantrika' believes that a body charged in sexual intercourse alone is capable of harbouring such energies which lead to spiritual sublimation. Chhinnamasta, by her bodily contact with Rati and Kamadeva, is infusing or rather sucking into her blood the energies that Rati and Kamadeva are generating by sexual intercourse and the same she is transferring, through her blood, into the forms of her devotee companions. Sex in Chhinnamasta-cult is the ultimate instrument that perpetuates greater life.

The rendition is largely in adherence to textual prescriptions. Chhinnamasta has the same body complexion corresponding to the red hibiscus flowers. Dakini also has the prescribed complexion, though that of Varnini's varies. The goddess has her severed head with a gaping mouth swallowing blood gushing from her neck, in her left hand and a sword in the right, as texts prescribe. Blood is flowing from her torso in three streams reaching three mouths. The entire drama is enacted on the base consisting of a half circle comprising half lotus. An inverted triangle contains the figures of Rati and Kamadeva engaged in inverted firing, that is, Rati riding over Kamadeva. Though some headless nude female sculptures are reported from early times, a regular Chhinnamasta form becomes available only from around 12th century. This 'tantrika' form emerged as quite popular in both, Brahmanism and Buddhism, especially in Tibetan Buddhism, instantly. In Buddhism, it was identified as Vajrayogini, a name suggestive of great energy and effectiveness. The 'sadhana', rendered to Chhinnamasta, makes strides more steady and firm, and the mind more resolute.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.

Of Related Interest:

Chinnamasta in Art

Meet the Mahavidyas

Paintings of the Ten Mahavidyas

More Art by Kailash Raj


Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Testimonials

To my astonishment and joy, your book arrived (quicker than the speed of light) today with no further adoo concerning customs. I am very pleased and grateful.
Christine, the Netherlands
You have excellent books!!
Jorge, USA.
You have a very interesting collection of books. Great job! And the ordering is easy and the books are not expensive. Great!
Ketil, Norway
I just wanted to thank you for being so helpful and wonderful to work with. My artwork arrived exquisitely framed, and I am anxious to get it up on the walls of my house. I am truly grateful to have discovered your website. All of the items I’ve received have been truly lovely.
Katherine, USA
I have received yesterday a parcel with the ordered books. Thanks for the fast delivery through DHL! I will surely order for other books in the future.
Ravindra, the Netherlands
My order has been delivered today. Thanks for your excellent customer services. I really appreciate that. I hope to see you again. Good luck.
Ankush, Australia
I just love shopping with Exotic India.
Delia, USA.
Fantastic products, fantastic service, something for every budget.
LB, United Kingdom
I love this web site and love coming to see what you have online.
Glenn, Australia
Received package today, thank you! Love how everything was packed, I especially enjoyed the fabric covering! Thank you for all you do!
Frances, Austin, Texas
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India