After defeating many ferociuos demons, Maa Parvati, with Her aides Jaya and Vijaya (also known as Dakini and Varini)
went to take a bath in the Mandakini River.
Maa Parvati was feeling very happy and a lot of love was welling up inside Her.
Her complexion darkened and the feeling of love completely took over.
Her friends on the other hand were hungry and asked Parvati to give them some food.
Parvati requested them to wait and said that She would feed them after a while, and began walking.
After a short while, Jaya and Vijaya once again appealed to Maa Parvati, telling Her that She was the Mother of the Universe
and they Her children, and asked to be fed quickly. Parvati replied that they should wait until they got home.
Both aides could not wait any longer and demanded that their hunger be satisfied immediately.
The compassionate Parvati laughed and with Her finger nail cut Her own head. Immediately, blood spurted in three directions.
Jaya and Vijaya drank the blood from two directions and the Goddess herself drank the blood from the third.
Since Maa Parvati cut Her own head, She is known as Maa Chhinnmastika
. She does that to fulfil the
desires of Her children, Her devotees, hence also known as Mata Chintpurni
Maa Chinnamastika shines like light from the Heaven.
Mata Chintpurni demonstrates the rare courage needed to make the highest conceivable sacrifice - to sacrifice yourself for your loved ones.
May we imbue that very same courage from that daring Goddess - Mata Chintpurni Ji!