“Chinnamasta” refers to a person whose head is severed as one of the ten tantric Goddesses. She was the ferocious acceptor of Mother Goddess in the Hindu religion. Chinnamasta Temple, Jharkhand was just 28 kms away from Ramgarh district. It was located at the confluence of river Bhairavi and Damodar. From a guide book I had come to know about this place. The temple was very ancient and its reference was also found in the Vedas. The temple was dedicated to Chinnamasta and a great pilgrimage centre for Hindus. It had a great reputation of attracting devotees from different states like West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. A headless idol of Goddess Chinnamasta stood on Rati and Kamdeo in a lotus bed.
This temple was similar to the one of Kamakhya temple in Assam. It was a tantric temple and also known as “Shaktipeeth”. Tourists from all over West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar as well as Nepal gathered at this place. I learnt that during the nights of full moon and the new moon many devotees gathered here. The practice of sacrificing animals was still practiced there, especially during the Kali Puja and on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The goddess Chinnamasta could be easily recognized thanks to her fearsome image. She was the self decapitated goddess holding her severed head in a hand along with the other hand having a scimitar. The three blood jets spurting out of the bleeding neck were drunk by two attendants and her own head.
I had reached there early in the morning by car to offer my prayers. There are many local priests who are there to guide you well to the temple. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. It was a complete bliss to visit Chinnamasta temple which brought inner peace. Besides from being a religious place this place is also a good spot for picnics. The hilly landscape and there is also boating facility for the visitors. In addition to the chief temple, there were ten temples dedicated to different goddesses and gods like Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Surya. I had tied a red thread around a rock in the temple. It was believed that Mother Goddess fulfilled all the wishes and desires of her dedicated devotees.