Worshipping ‘headless deity’ at Chinnamasta Temple in JharkhandPhoto by:  Bijay chaurasia, Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Heard of a temple where a ‘headless deity’ is worshipped? No? Then let me take you to Chinnamasta Temple in Rajrappa (located in the district of Ramgarh in Jharkhand). It sounds weird but for the ardent devotees, worshipping headless Goddess Chinnamasta (the beheaded form of Goddess Kali) is completely normal! The temple holds an immense religious significance as it is also one of the Shakti Peetha temples in the country. Let’s take a closer look at this unusual tantrik style temple where devotees believe the wishes get fulfilled all the time.

Location of the temple

The temple of Chinnamasta is located 28 km away from Ramgarh Cantonment in the small town of Rajrappa in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Its location is quite interesting as the temple stands on a small hill at the confluence of the two rivers namely, Damodar and Bhera (Bhairavi River).

History and the legends

Worshipping ‘headless deity’ at Chinnamasta Temple in JharkhandPhoto by:  Kuarun, Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Being a Shakti Peetha, there are several mysterious stories related to the temple. This temple is significantly old and also finds its mention in various Hhindu religious scriptures like the Vedas and the Puranas. As per Hindu mythology, after slaughtering and gulping blood of a number of demons from the underworld, Jaya and Vijaya, the two companions of Goddess Bhagwati wanted to more blood. So to quench their blood thirst, the goddess cut-off her own head and offered herself. It’s from that time the beheaded goddess came to known as Maa Chhinnamastika or Mata Chinnamasta.

The main shrine has the idol of the goddess which you’ll see is without head, standing on bodies of Kamdev and Rati in the lotus bed. Three spurts of blood can be seen oozing out of the beheaded goddess who is holding her own head in one hand and in other she has a sharp weapon.

Best time to visit

Though the temple remains flooded with devotees throughout the year, the best time to witness the glory of this gorgeous temple would be between October and March. Several Hindu festivals such as Makar Sankranti and Maha Shivratri are celebrated here with much fervour and enthusiasm. So if you want to pay a religious visit, come in during this time.

How to reach Chinnamasta Temple?

Worshipping ‘headless deity’ at Chinnamasta Temple in JharkhandPhoto by:  Jonoikobangali, Creative Commons Attribution Licence


The temple is well connected to rest part of the state so reaching here won’t be an issue. The nearest airport is in Ranchi, the state capital city, which is about 70 km from away. Buses and taxis are easily available from outside the airport. Those travelling by train can get their tickets booked till Ramgarh railway station which is only 28 km from the temple. From outside the station, you can hire a taxi or even get a direct bus for the temple.