Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Vajrayogini, Chinnamasta (Severed-head)

Chinnamasta Vajrayogini | Vajrayogini Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Chinnamasta Description (Below)
- Virupa Tradition
- Mitra Yogin Tradition
- Nyang Tradition
- Hindu Gods Index/Glossary
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

"...Buddha Dakini, orange in colour, the right leg straight pressing on Bhairva and Kararatri. The right hand holds a curved knife extended out. The left holds upward a blood filled skullcup. Held against the left shoulder in a white katvanga staff - representing method. On the left is Vajra Varnani, green, with the left leg extended, curved knife in the right [hand] and a skullcup in the left. On the right is Vairochani, yellow, with the right leg extended, curved knife in the right [hand] and a skullcup in the left. All three have a crown of five dry skulls, a hanging garland of fifty fresh heads and the five mudras, standing in the middle of a mass of blazing fire." (4th Panchen Lama Tenpai Nyima, 1782-1853. Rinjung Lhantab, page 409-411. Sadhana page 238).

Lineage:
"Vajravarahi, Cham Lakshminkara, Virupa, Avadhutipa, Dongdarpa, Sonyompa Gyalwa Jin, Sonyompa Sanggye Jin, Balpo Pandita Deva Akarachandra, Hungdu Karpo, Dragpa Varendraruchi, Chel Lo Kunga Dorje, Kyi Konchog Bar, Je Gyaltsa Rinpoche, Tropu Lotsawa, Lhachen Sowang, Tropu Sonam Sengge, Yangtsewa, Buton Chenpo, [etc.]." (Taranata, Rinjung Gyatsa, page 1175-1176).

Jeff Watt 3-2015 [updated 6-2017]