Maa Chinnmasta mahavidya
The tale about the manifestation of goddess Chhinnamasta is as follows, once, goddess Bhagwati-Bhawani, went to have a bath in the river Mandakini, with her two companions Jaya and Vijaya.
After having their bath all of them became hungry. The complexion of goddess Bhagawati turned dark because of sheer hunger. Jaya and Vijaya asked for something to eat. Goddess Bhagawati told both of them to wait for some time. After sometime they demanded for food again. They were again told by goddess Bhagawati to wait.
Unable to control their hunger Jaya and Vijaya said very politely to Bhagawati that "Mother, give food to her hungry children as soon as it is demanded."
Bhagavati was very pleased by their innocence, she severed her head by her own hand and held the severed head in her left hand, three streams of blood started to ooze out from the neck.
All of them satisfied their hunger by drinking the blood from the three streams of blood respectively.
She is called Chhinnamasta because of her severed head.
Goddess Chhinnamasta is a symbol of the perception of secrecy. She stands on the seat of white lotus. In her navel 'Yoni Chakra' is situated. The directions itself are her apparel. Her two companions symbolize the two qualities of TARA (dark) and Raja (medium). She is alive even though her head is severed from her body.
This severed head is symbolic of introverted nature of accomplishment.
Cryptic Mantra - 'HOONG"
SHRING HRING KLING AING VAJRA VAIROCHANIYE HOONG HOONG PHAT SWAHA
PRATYALIDHAPADA KABANDHA VIGALADRAKTAMPIBANTI
Worship - Normally, wishes and aspirations get fulfilled if either the cryptic mantra or the other mantras are chanted for 5,00000 times (five lakhs), with full faith and devotion. The chanting of the mantras can be raised according to the requirement.
If goddess Chinnmasta is pleased then all the aspirations of man gets fulfilled and he is saved from the dangerous calamities.